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Record number of tourists visit Czech Republic in 2014

More than 8 million tourists from outside of the Czech Republic entered the country last year, which is a 3 per cent increase in the number of visitors recorded in 2013. This includes those on luxury river cruises in Europe, who have visited the beautiful city of Prague, as well as destinations in Germany and Austria in the past twelve months.

Previously in the year, the statistical office had estimated that tourism in the Czech Republic would exceed 8 billion, and have been proved correct with a further 80,000 tourists visiting the country. It is also thought that revenues in the Czech Republic from incoming tourism has topped the record amount experienced in 2007, when tourists spent almost 140 billion Kc.

International tourists make up for a fall in domestic tourists

In contrast to these figures, it was actually found that there was a drop in the number of domestic tourists, with Czech accommodation facilities noting a 2-3 per cent decrease. This is thought to be due to a larger interest in holidays abroad, which caused the number of overnight stays by Czech tourists to fall.

However, the growth in international tourists also coincides with the rise in visitor numbers recorded at Czech monuments in 2014, with approximately 90 per cent of the country’s castles and chateaus recording an increase. Previously in 2014, MasterCard also revealed that Prague featured as one of the most visited cities in the world following a survey in July.

The Czech Republic is not the only country to experience an increase in tourism, with estimates released by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation expecting the number of international tourist arrivals to exceed the level of 1 billion.

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