More Czechs holidaying abroad
More Czechs are choosing to holiday abroad this year with Croatia, Slovakia and Italy the most popular tourist destinations. The interest is driven by the stronger currency, following the end of forex interventions, and an increase in wages.
Many Czechs are also rediscovering the holiday attractions of the Czech Republic’s former sister state Slovakia with 650,000 Czech tourists heading for the country this year, up by one hundred thousand as compared to 2016. Most Czechs heading for Slovakia head for the Tatra mountains where they get good service for affordable prices and face no language barrier whatsoever since Czechs and Slovaks have no problem understanding one another even if each is speaking their own language. The third most popular tourist destination with Czechs is Italy where an estimated 570,000 Czechs will head this year. In 2015 the country attracted half a million Czech tourists. Although the majority of Czechs heading for Italy choose seaside resorts, an increasing number of holiday makers have discovered the attraction of Italy’s ski resorts in the winter season.
Czechs have also adopted the west European fashion of going on shorter holidays several times a year rather than having one long holiday in the summer. The average length of holidays booked is now one week.