There are more foreign tourists in the Czech Republic

There are more foreign tourists in the Czech Republic

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The tourist industry is back, almost at pre-Covid numbers. In the third quarter of this year, a total of 7.3 million tourists came to collective accommodation facilities (CAF) in the Czech Republic. Year-on-year, this means an increase of 11%. If we compare the situation with the condition before the covid-19 pandemic, i.e., with July, August and September 2019, it is a 97% attendance. This follows from the information on https://tourdata.cz/processed on the basis of data from the Czech Statistical Office.
CAF detected 20.4 million overnight stays in the 3rd quarter of this year. "The good news is that - if we compare this year's and last year's 3rd quarter - the number of visitors to domestic mass accommodation facilities has increased. And more than before, over 2.5 million tourists came from abroad, mostly from Germany, Slovakia and Poland. Regarding the popularity of regions most visited by travellers, what plays a role is whether they are residents or foreign tourists. While Prague led the way for foreigners, followed by the South Moravian and Karlovy Vary regions, residents of the Czech Republic went on trips and longer stays the most to South Moravia, South Bohemia and the Hradec Králové region," says Jan Herget, Director of the Czech Tourism Authority - CzechTourism.
 
While hotels are reporting an increase in visitors (a total of 4.2 million tourists means 23.9% more guests), there was smaller interest in pensions and campsites (decrease of 6.2% and 6.6%). Overall, there was an increase in foreign tourists, a year-on-year increase of almost 100%. Residents, who made up 80% of MAF visitors in this year's 3rd quarter, travelled less year-on-year (a 10% decrease).
 
Director of the Czech Tourism Authority - CzechTourism, Jan Herget, adds: "Now is the determinative phase of the fight for tourism return. Entrepreneurs need help to survive the traditionally weaker winter season. We are launching a winter campaign with a CZK 15 million budget in 9 foreign markets. It will focus primarily on mountains and wellness, Christmas markets, winter cities (culture, gastronomy) and Valentine's Day. If we want to return to being a globally successful destination though, we need direct flights to the biggest markets in Asia and America. We are working together with Prague Airport to restore direct air routes, and I believe that we will find a way how to increase CzechTourism's budget for joint campaigns with carriers."
 
"We support any further possible increase, it concerns, among other things, the expansion of collaboration within the TouchPoint platform between Prague Airport, the CzechTourism agency and Prague City Tourism, which is the usual form of cooperation on the development of connections at competing airports. Our goal, above all, is to gradually restore and offer destinations that had direct air connections before the covid-19 pandemic. And also to follow up on negotiations about projects that weren´t implemented. This applies, for example, to connections to Chicago and Hanoi, which have been abandoned due to the pandemic. We managed to establish a collaboration with Delta Air Lines for the upcoming season on the route from New York, we would like to renew connections to Philadelphia and Newark in the USA, Toronto and Montreal in Canada. These are top priorities in North America. Concerning the Far East, it is a question of restoring flights from Seoul and from Chinese destinations, among which Shanghai is a priority market. We´re also negotiating with airlines about direct air connections with Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, India and Singapore," says Jiří Vyskoč, Director of Aviation Business Development of Prague Airport.
 
From distant markets were American tourists the ones who often came to the Czech Republic, in the 3rd quarter there were almost 140,000 arrivals. The Israelis followed with almost 48,000 arrivals. Overall, Germans visited Czechia the most, they made up 8% of the foreign clientele. In practice, it meant 582,000 arrivals and a year-on-year increase of 57.2%. Guests from Slovakia (approx. 264,000 arrivals, year-on-year increase of 58.1%) and Poland (248,000 arrivals, year-on-year increase of 73.1%) followed.