November 9, 2015

Tourism numbers up

Number of tourists in Czech hotels in Q3 highest in at least 16 years

Prague, Nov 9 (ČTK) — The number of tourists in accommodation facilities in the Czech Republic increased by 13.9 percent year on year to 6.2 million in the third quarter of this year, the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ) announced.

This is the highest number of guests for the third quarter of a year in the last 16 years or longer.

The number of overnight stays was also 13.9 percent higher than last year, at 18.2 million overnight stays, also the highest number in the last 16 years.

The number of guests in accommodation facilities in the Czech Republic grew also in the previous quarters of this year against last year but the growth was the highest in the third quarter. In the first two quarters, it reached some 9 to 10 percent.

A record 21.1 million foreign tourists came to the Czech Republic in January-September this year, 8.3 percent more year on year, and most of them were one-day visitors (10.9 million), according to data released by the CSU and agency CzechTourism today.

A total of 6.7 million guests sought accommodation in hotels, boarding houses and campsites, while 1.6 million guests found other accommodation and 1.9 million used the Czech Republic as a transit country.

The number of foreign guests who stayed in hotels and other accommodation facilities increased by 527,000.

“Tourism is doing unusually well this year. The development of the sector of accommodation and food services and higher fuel sales correspond with this,” said ČSÚ chairwoman Iva Ritschelová,.

Total average spending of foreign tourists increased by 18 percent to Kč 3,500 a day. Most of the foreign tourists who came to the Czech Republic stayed in Prague hotels (64 percent).

The number of guests from Germany who stayed for at least one night increased by 15.7 percent and the number of Chinese by 40.1 percent. The number of visitors from South Korea was 35 percent higher.

On the other hand, the number of visitors from Russia sank by 37.9 percent.

The development of arrivals of foreign visitors was influenced mainly by demand of tourists from the neighboring states using the euro.

In the first three quarters of this year, around 13.7 million tourists stayed in the Czech Republic overnight, 11.4 percent more year on year. The number of their overnight stays rose by 10.9 percent to 38.2 million.

In particular Prague hotel owners and operators will be satisfied with the results, said analyst Jan Musil of PricewaterhouseCoopers CR (PwC).

“A number of sport events, for example the Ice Hockey World Championship, contributed to this. They attracted many visitors to Prague. The overall economic revival contributed to growth in the number of business trips and congress tourism,” he told the Czech News Agency.

“According to our analyses, Prague ranks among the five European cities with the highest growth in revenue per room. The average price of a hotel room in Prague reached Kč 1,982 last year. We expect the price to rise significantly above the level of Kč 2,000 this year. We suppose the growth trend will continue also next year, but the contribution of important events will be missing,” he noted.

The number of domestic guests went up by 17.9 percent yr/yr to 3.4 million and the number of foreigners by 9.4 percent to 2.8 million.

Compared with the previous quarter, the number of domestic tourists increased by some 500,000.

The number of overnight stays of domestic tourists increased by 17.5 percent to 10.5 million and the number of stays of foreign guests by 9.5 percent to 7.7 million.

All regions registered a growth in the number of guests and their overnight stays.

The Pardubice region with a 23.9 percent growth in the number of tourists did the best. The number of overnight stays increased the most in the Plzeň region (+25.9 percent).

The highest number of foreign guests came as usual from Germany. Collective accommodation establishments were visited by more than 0.5 million Germans. Compared to the same period of the previous year, their number went up by 15.4 percent.

The second largest group of foreign guests was visitors from the US (190,000) with a yr/yr increase by 15.5 percent.

The third place was taken by Slovakia (175,000) with a yr/yr growth at 14.4 percent.

The decrease in arrivals from Russia continued also in the third quarter when the number of Russian tourists tumbled by almost a third yr/yr.

Spa accommodation establishments were visited by 212,000 guests in surveyed period, 0.6 percent more yr/yr. The number of overnight stays at spas increased by 5.4 percent.

The number of domestic guest went up by 7.1 percent and the number of their night stays by 15.7 percent.

“So, domestic guests continued to return to Czech and Moravian spa in Q3 2015,” the statisticians said.

On the contrary, the number of non-residents as well as the number of their nights decreased by 6.9 percent and 8.9 percent, respectively.

Tourism in ČR:

 Q3 2015
yr/yr change
Q1-3 2015
yr/yr change
Overnight stays18,182.42313.938,176.93410.9

Source: ČSÚ

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