The Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism on Friday issued a notice advising Chinese citizens to avoid tours to the Czech Republic due to the impact of COVID-19.
The ministry said that recently the epidemic signals a rapid rebound in the country.
According to the estimate of the CzechTourism agency, roughly 620,000 Chinese tourists came to the Czech Republic last year. Each Chinese tourist spent 2.5 days in the country on average.
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The warning followed tensions between the two countries over Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil’s trip to Taiwan.
Vystrčil became the highest-ranking Czech politician who visited the island in the last 16 years.
Chinese tourists in the Czech Republic
In 2o19, Chinese visitors made up between five and six percent of the total number of guests in accommodation establishments in the Czech Republic.
The average expenditure of one Chinese tourist in the Czech Republic per day is around CZK 1,300.
The Czech Republic recorded 792 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, a drop after five consecutive days with more than 1,000 cases each, Health Ministry’s data showed on Monday.
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The ministry has not yet updated the daily number of tests. There are usually fewer tests done at weekends.
The overall number of confirmed cases rose to 36,188.