Tourism to the Czech Republic sets record

There were more than 20 million people using collective accommodation establishments

There was a record number of tourists last year in the Czech Republic, according to the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ). The number of guests in collective accommodation establishments during 2017 broke 20 million for the first time to hit 20,061,635; this was by 1.7 million more than in 2016, an increase of 9.1 percent.

Collective accommodation establishments include hotels of all categories, pensions, hostels, campsites and similar establishments.

Both foreign and domestic tourist numbers increased. The number of foreign tourists was over 10.1 million, an increase of 9.2 percent. Domestic tourism went up to 9.9 million arrivals, up 9.0 percent.

A more important figure for travel is the total number of nights that tourists spent in the country.

The total number of overnight stays in 2017 reached 53.3 million; up by 3.6 million and 7.3 percent compared to 2016.

The number of both tourists and overnight stays was up in all regions. The best result was in South Moravia, where occupancy increased by 14.6 percent in arrivals and by 14.9 percent in the number of nights. A more than 10 percent increase was shown in the Plzeň, Ústí nad Labem, Karlovy Vary and Moravian-Silesian regions.

Prague had a total of 7,652,865 tourists in 2017, including 6.6 million foreigners. Overall, it was a 7.4 percent increase over the previous year.

There were more 850,000 more foreigner tourists in 2017 in the Czech Republic compared to previous year. The most important incoming countries remain Germany with 1.95 million tourists, up 3.9 percent in 2017. In second place was Slovakia with 688,490, up 7.2 percent and third place was Poland with 578,465, up 6.9 percent.

Russia, in fourth place with 551,191, had an increase of 35.3 percent. China had an even larger increase, up 38.2 percent with 491,648 visitors. South Korea was up 28.2 percent with 417,438 visitors.

The number of Chinese tourists was helped by an increase in the number of direct flights from more destinations.

For the fourth quarter of 2017, the number of overnight stays in collective accommodation establishments increased by 6.1 percent year-on-year, with foreigners up by 7.4 percent and residents by 4.2 percent.

In total, 7.9 percent more visitors arrived in this last three months of the year, with foreigners up by 8.1 percent and domestic guests by 7.7 percent.

The number of overnight stays in collective accommodation establishments totaled 10.5 million in Q4 2017; this was 6.1 percent more than in the same period of 2016.

Domestic tourists increased their number of nights by 4.2 percent, while non-residents went up by 7.4 percent.

A year-on-year growth of 7.1 percent was recorded in hotels, while pensions reported an increase by 6.2 percent.

An increase was shown in all regions. The most successful was Plzeň, where the number of nights spent went up by 21.1 percent compared to last year due to residents, up 22.1 percent, and non-residents, up 20.4 percent. South Moravia also had double-digit growth, up 17.2 percent. Other regions were up less than 10 percent.

A total of 4.3 million guests arrived in collective accommodation establishments during the fourth quarter; 7.9 percent more year-on-year. The number of non-residents went up by 8.1 percent; residents by 7.7 percent.

The highest number of guests, 1.6 million, found accommodation in four-star hotels. This was 8.3 percent more than the previous year. Some 1.3 million tourists went to three-star hotels, up 7.4 percent on the year. Pensions reported an increase of 7.4 percent.

The highest number of foreign guests by citizenship came from Germany with 477.899, some 3.5 percent more than Q4 2016. The second largest group were guests from Slovakia with 169,400, up by 9.1. Third place was taken by citizens from Russia, up 23.0 percent. China saw an increase by 25.7 percent and South Korea by 20.4 percent.

Prague had 1.94 million tourists in the fourth quarter, with foreigners accounting for 1.63 million. This was an increase of 7.2 percent for foreigners, non-resident and in total.

The number of overnight stays in Prague in the fourth quarter was 4.52 million, with 3.99 million foreigners. The number of foreigners was up 7.6 percent, and the total was up 7.5 percent.

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