All this week, Radio Prague has been running a series of interviews with its 'tourist of the day'. Yesterday, Rosie Johnston spoke to some Danish visitors from Copenhagen, who'd stopped in Prague on a drive through Europe. Today, she caught up with a Romanian couple strolling through the Old Town Square.
All this week, Radio Prague has been running a series of interviews with its 'tourists of the day'. Yesterday, we had three Californian backpackers with a penchant for shopping. Today, we have John and Anne-Katrine from Copenhagen, who are stopping in Prague on a drive through Europe. Rosie Johnston caught up with them during their rather fleeting stay:
The tourist season is at its peak at the moment. To reflect the mix of visitors, Radio Prague is running a series of interviews with our 'tourist of the day'. On Tuesday, Rosie Johnston spoke with two Turkish visitors, who were discovering Prague on bikes. This time, she has interviewed three young Americans, who stopped in the Czech capital on their journey through Europe.
Hradec Kralove lies on the spectacular confluence of the Elbe and Orlice Rivers, about 100 km east of Prague. This extraordinarily pretty town boasts a rich architectural heritage, especially in its historical quarter where handsome renaissance buildings testify to the wealth and status the town enjoyed thanks to the trade that used to pass through en route to Silesia.
All this week, Radio Prague is running a series of interviews with its 'tourists of the day'. Yesterday, we had Andy from England, planning a quiet weekend away with his partner (or so he said). Today, we have two Turkish visitors, who are no strangers to Prague's nightclubs. They started by telling us what they were doing:
The tourist season here in Prague is at its peak at the moment. To reflect the mix of visitors to the Czech capital, Radio Prague is running a mini-series of interviews with our 'tourists of the day'. All this week, you can hear what foreign visitors make of the capital, its good and its bad points. In the first installment, I visited Wenceslas Square to talk to some new-arrivals:
There have been gloomy reports recently about the inability of the Czech tourism industry to attract visitors to Prague and elsewhere in the country for a second, third or any further visit. Despite this, and despite the fact that, as CNN's travel expert Richard Quest once put it, "getting a smile in Prague is a day's work", the city is busy with tourists all the same and the major sights of the city, like Charles Bridge and Mala Strana, are best to visit at four in the morning, in February.
On hearing cicadas, most Czechs recall Croatia. Last summer, around 1 000 000 Czechs travelled there to enjoy summer vacation. In other words, one tenth of all citizens of the Czech Republic including newborns and the elderly crossed the Croatian border during the high tourist season. I asked Goran, who has worked in tourism here on Rab Island in Croatia for 15 years, which nationality of tourists he considers the most numerous, in Goran's words the most "populated".
Last year was a record year for Czech tourism, with over 6.4 million tourists visiting the Czech Republic. So far this year, visitor figures have been down by ten percent on last, prompting speculation that tourism in the Czech Republic has reached its peak. But Tomio Okamura, spokesperson for the Association of Czech Travel Agencies, has a different view. He believes that the potential for tourism here has been left largely unrealised, and last week launched a blistering attack on those who, he said, were watching Czech visitor numbers fall and
The human resource consulting firm Mercer released the results of its annual World Cost of Living Survey this week. Covering 143 cities across six continents, it measures the cost of over 200 items in each location, including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment. The comprehensive study ranks Moscow as the most expensive city. Compared to last year, Bratislava jumped from 48th to 31st. To find out more about the survey and how Prague fared, I spoke to Mercer's Jana Kurtinova: