Tourism is crucial for the Czech Republic, it must be looked at as an industry

Tourism is crucial for the Czech Republic, it must be looked at as an industry

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Tourism must be considered as part of the industry. It is a very important sector for entrepreneurs, academics, municipalities and the state. It employs tens of thousands of people and generates billions in revenue. However, the area, which was already greatly affected by the covid-19 pandemic, is currently fundamentally affected by high energy prices. This was also said at the Forum of Partner Regions of the South Bohemian Region, which took place in Hluboká nad Vltavou. Almost 300 guests from all over the world took part in the 3rd year of the traditional event.
A number of tourism experts, also from Austria and Bavaria, came to the two-day meeting full of discussions and seminars. That means, from countries that can inspire the Czech Republic in a way how professionally they organize tourism and how they have legal rules set for this area. In the German-speaking countries, they are very well aware of the benefits of the tourist industry for all participants involved in it. It should be the same in the Czech Republic.
 
“On one hand, tourism has the potential to generate billions in revenue and employ and support tens of thousands of people. On the other hand, if one segment in the entire interconnected system begins to collapse, the domino effect will cause other entrepreneurs serious problems," says Martin Kuba, Chairman of the Council of the Association of Regions of the Czech Republic and Governor of the South Bohemian Region.
 
Before covid, the turnover of tourism in the Czechia was CZK 309 billion, contributions to public budgets amounted to CZK 125 billion, and almost CZK 1 billion was collected for visas alone. However, high energy prices currently have a fatal impact on the tourist industry. Entrepreneurs in tourism are literally calling for a solution to the energy crisis. Otherwise, there is a risk of closing establishments, they say.
 
"Tourism is one of the main pillars of the export of services, and it is a key economic sector in Prague or on the border area," says Jan Herget, Director of the Czech Tourism Authority - CzechTourism and adds: "If a functional way to help the sector with unbearably high energy prices is not found quickly, domestic entrepreneurs in the tourist industry will have to prepare for a very harsh autumn and winter. There is a threat that water parks will close, ski resorts, spas, wellness centers and others are also worried about the future."
 
The consequences of high electricity and gas prices were discussed during the Forum of Partner Regions of the South Bohemian Region, among other things, at the seminar "Tourism - strategic industry of the 21st century", whose capacity was completely filled. The seminar was organized by the South Bohemian Tourism Authority.
 
"There was such a huge interest in events concerning tourism that we had to close registrations early. All people present there agreed on that, first of all, it is necessary that the government acknowledges that tourism in the Czech Republic really exists," says Petr Soukup, Director of the South Bohemian Tourism Authority and adds: "It is absolutely essential for the Czech market to be competitive in times of any crisis. And the lacking tourism law is unfortunately a European rarity."
 
In addition to energy and tourism, the event, which was attended by Prime Minister Petr Fiala, also discussed innovation and modern technology, culture and education. Details are available at http://www.fpr-sb.eu/.