Tourism in Prague has been influenced by events in Ukraine. Prague is traditionally the most visited city in the Czech Republic. In the first three months, almost a million tourists visited Prague, which is four percent less than last year. Tourism in Prague no longer attracts Ukrainians, because they do not come at all. The Russians, in turn, cancel the booked tours. The number of tourists did not drop much only thanks to the guests from South Korea.
The decrease in tourist interest in the first quarter of this year is associated with domestic tourists. According to the Czech Statistical Office, their loss was 10.6%. The capital of the Czech Republic, according to experts, is suffering from a decrease in the interest of Russian tourists, which, according to estimates, will be even smaller.
“According to statistics, there were 5,000 fewer tourists from Russia than in the same period last year. While there was a 13% increase in tourist flow in the first quarter of 2013, this year it was only 3%. This decline in tourism demand in Prague is due to several factors, ”explains Kateřina Petříčková, secretary of the Association of Travel Agencies (Asociace cestovních kanceláří a agentur, abbreviated ACČKA).
“The Russians are worried about the acute internal political situation and the unrest that may reach their climax, so they do not travel abroad. Another reason for the decline in interest in travel to Europe and, in particular, tourism in Prague is also the criticism of Czech and European politicians and the strengthening of sanctions against Russia by the EU countries and the United States. The next reason can be called the devaluation of the ruble against the euro, which contributes to the rise in prices for tours to Europe by 10%, which is of decisive importance for many residents of Russia, ”says the secretary of ACČKA.
Incoming travel agencies have recorded a 20% decrease in the number of orders from Russians since April this year.
Applications for June are even smaller. Tourists from Ukraine to the Czech Republic came by two percent more than in the first quarter of last year - about 27,500 people. However, some incoking agencies have registered a 90% decrease in tourism orders in Prague for the coming weeks and months. In addition to the decrease in the number of tourists since the beginning of the year, there is also a transformation of the national composition of visiting tourists.
“There was a significant increase in the number of tourists from South Korea - 43%. In the first quarter of this year, 9,000 more tourists came to the Czech Republic.
A total of 139,000 tourists from Asian countries visited the Czech Republic, an increase of nine percent, ”adds the ACČKA secretary.
The second most visited region after Prague is the Kralovohrad region, which in the first three months, despite the absence of snow, received 250 thousand people.
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