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Travel and Tourism - Czech Republic - November 2013

When it comes to attracting European tourists, the Czech Republic’s central location gives it a distinct advantage. Unfortunately, those neighbouring countries happen to be Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Austria, which, along with their fellow European Union (EU) members were badly impacted by the 2008-09 European recession. Financial uncertainty led to a loss of consumer confidence and from 2008 onwards, international tourist arrivals dropped. Tourism revenues also fell, but only by a small margin.

The picture is not entirely gloomy, however. Although overall international tourist arrivals are down, some segments of the inbound market are strong and getting stronger – Russia being the prime example. The number of tourists from the Russian Federation has doubled since 2008.

Domestic tourism is, however, showing signs of weakness. The Czech Republic is suffering through a second recession, as well as political upheavals and financial restraints imposed by the government.

The Czech Republic’s gateway, Prague’s Vaclav Havel Airport, saw a slight drop in the number of international passengers passing through its doors. Data from the Prague Airport Company show that in 2011 (the most recent year available) the airport handled 11.8 million passengers (down from 12.6 million in 2008), but that figure includes transit passengers and it was those who mostly accounted for the decrease in air traffic. According to the Prague Airport Company, the number of domestic and regional passengers actually went up – by almost 2% – another cause for optimism.

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Table of contents

  1. Czech Republic: Key Facts

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • Geography
            • Attractions

                • Prague
                  • Cesky Krumlov
                    • Olomouc
                      • Brno
                        • The spa towns
                        • Tourism and the Economy

                            • Travel and tourism revenues
                              • Figure 1: International spending in the Czech Republic, 2008-13
                            • Competitiveness in the tourism industry
                              • Tourism’s effect on employment and GDP
                                • Figure 2: Travel & tourism economy showing direct & indirect impact on employment & GDP, 2008-13
                            • Arrivals

                              • International
                                • Figure 3: International tourist arrivals in the Czech Republic, 2008-12
                                • Figure 4: Foreign guests registered at tourist accommodations in the Czech Republic, top 10 source countries, 2008-12
                              • Domestic
                                • Figure 5: Domestic travel & tourism spending in the Czech Republic, 2008-13
                            • Market Characteristics

                              • International
                                • Purpose of visit
                                  • Seasonality – international and domestic
                                    • Figure 6: Monthly arrivals at tourist accommodations showing seasonality, 2008-12
                                  • Length of stay
                                    • Domestic
                                      • Purpose of visit
                                        • Seasonality
                                          • Length of stay
                                          • Transport

                                              • Air
                                                • Figure 7: Number of passengers handled by Vaclav Havel Airport, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2011
                                              • Connections between Prague and other destinations
                                                • Road
                                                  • Rail
                                                    • Connection times
                                                      • Sea
                                                      • Accommodation

                                                          • Figure 8: Tourist accommodation in the Czech Republic, 2007-11
                                                        • Hotel classification
                                                          • New-builds in Prague
                                                            • Kings Court
                                                              • The Augustine
                                                                • Sheraton Prague Charles Square
                                                                  • The MICE market
                                                                  • Tourism News

                                                                      • Travel trade shows
                                                                      • What Next?

                                                                        Travel and Tourism - Czech Republic - November 2013

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