Tourism to the Czech Republic has reached a record high in 2017

The data of the Czech Republic Central Bureau of Statistics is that 2017 was a peak season in the field of tourism to the Czech Republic. The number of guests in the hotels, hostels, guesthouses and camping sites in the Czech Republic passed the 20 million mark for the first time ever, a rise of 9.1% in comparison to 2016, in which the Czech Republic hosted 1.7 million less visitors. The rise in tourism in 2017 includes both internal and incoming tourism, including 10 million foreign tourists who represent a rise of 9.2% in comparison to the previous year. However, internal tourism in the Czech Republic has also risen, reaching 9.9 million people, a rise of 9% in comparison to 2016.

One of the most important parameters in the field of tourism is the number of nights spent at lodgings performed by tourists in the Czech Republics. In 2017, the total number of nights spent at lodgings reached 53.3. million nights, a rise of 7.3% in comparison to 2016. The number of tourists and overnight stays was high in all regions of the Czech Republic, but particularly in the Region of South Moravia, where occupancy grew by 14.6% and the number of overnight stays grew by 14.9%.

Rises of over 10% were also registered in the Plzeň , Ústí nad Labem, Moravian-Silesian and Karlovy Vary Regions. Prague was the site, in 2017, of no less than 7,652,865 tourists, of them 6.6 million foreign tourists – a rise of 7.4% in comparison to 2016.

2017 witnessed 850,000 more foreign tourists than 2016. The countries of origin of the tourists were primarily Germany (1.95 million tourists – a rise of 3.9% in comparison to 2016). Slovakia (689,490 tourists – a rise of 7.2%) and Poland (578,465 tourists – a rise of 6.9%).

The Russian Federation was the fourth largest source of tourists – 551,191 in number (A rise of 35.5% in comparison to 2016). China at 491,648 tourists (A rise of 38.2%, largely thanks to new direct flights from Prague from a variety of locations within China) was the sixth largest source of tourists, whereas South Korea (417,438 tourists -a rise of 28.2% in comparison to 2016) was the sixth.

The Fourth Quarter of 2017 Has Also Reached a Tourism Record High. 

In the final quarter of 2017, a rise of 6.1% was registered in the number of overnight stays in comparison to the fourth quarter in 2016. The number of overnight stays of foreign tourists in various lodgings rose by 7.4% whereas that of local tourists rose by 7.7%. the number of overnight stays in that period came out to 10.5 million Czech Korunas, a rise of 6.1% compared to the fourth quarter of 2016. The rise in Hotel overnight stays came out to 7.1%, whereas overnight stays in guesthouses rose by 6.2%. local tourism is responsible for a 4.2% rise in the number of overnight stays whereas foreign tourism is responsible for a rise of 7.4% of the overnight stays.

All regions in the Czech Republic have shown this rise but in Plzen the rise in overnight stays has been truly outstanding – a 21.1% percent rise in all types of overnight stays: a 22.1% rise in the number of overnight stays, a rise of 22.1% in foreign tourist overnight stays, and a rise of 20.4% in internal tourist overnight stays. South Moravia has also shown a double digit rise of 17.2%, whereas other regions of the Czech Republic have registered a lower rise of under 10%.

In the fourth quarter of 2017 7.9% more tourists have reached the Czech Republic in comparison to the fourth quarter of 2016, with a rise of 8.1% in foreign tourism and a rise of 7.7% in internal tourism being registered. During that period, 4.3 million guests were registered in collective lodgings – a rise of 7.9% in comparison to the fourth quarter of 2016. Overall, the number of foreign tourist overnight stays at collective lodgings rose by 8.1%, whereas that of local tourists rose by 7.7%.

Most tourists (1.6 million people) stayed in 4-star hotels, representing a rise of 8.3% in comparison to 2016. Around 1.3 million people stayed in 3-star hotels (a rise of 7.4% a year), and guest houses registered a rise of 7.4% in comparison to 2016.

The highest number of tourists in this quarter arrived from Germany (477,899 people - a rise of 3.5% in comparison to the fourth quarter of 2016), Slovakia (169,400 people – a rise of 9.1%), Russia (A rise of 23%), China (A rise of 25.7%) and South Korea (A rise of 20.4%).

During the fourth quarter of 2017 Prague enjoyed an inflow of 1.94 million tourists (1.63 million of them foreign tourists) representing a rise of 7.2% in tourism, both internal and foreign tourism. The number of overnight stays in tourist lodgings in Prague rose in the fourth quarter of 2017 to 4.52 million nights (of which 3.99 million overnight stays at tourist lodgings were performed by foreign tourists) -a rise of 7.5% in the total number of overnight stays and a rise of 7.6% in the overnight stays of foreign tourists.

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