More Czechs choosing domestic summer vacations over travelling abroad
The government agency CzechTourism has long promoted the Czech Republic as a Land of Stories for foreign visitors but more and more Czechs themselves are choosing to vacation here rather than going abroad. By current estimates, this summer will see a million more Czechs spending their holidays in their own country.
The country’s Confederation of Commerce and Tourism estimates that the number of Czechs taking holidays at home this summer will jump by one million from seven million in 2015; Czech Radio spoke to Jana Guličuková who is spending her holiday with her family in the region of Liberec in North Bohemia. One stop? The mountain Ješted, with its iconic space-age hotel.
Another area which has seen a rise in the number of visitors this summer is Harrachov in the Krkonoše Mountains – a main attraction for skiers in the winter – and cyclists now. A visitor by the name of Karel, from Nymburk near Prague, told Czech Radio this:
“It’s very nice here… We opted to stay in the Czech Republic and there are many things to see, many places we’ve never visited before.”
“Every single tourist is a plus for Harrachov and its residents. Of course, this pertains also to fees which the town accrues. We are all doing our utmost to keep tourism at a high level and for it to increase.”
Other popular destinations besides Liberec and mountain areas include Šumava and South Bohemia.