In 2019 over 22 million tourists arrived in different accommodation establishments in the Czech Republic, 3.5 percent more than in the previous year.
The number of tourists visiting Czechia has increased over the years, with the largest number of international tourists coming from Germany – followed by visitors from Slovakia and Poland.
The number of overnight stays also rose, reaching over 57 million. Year-on-year, domestic traffic increased by 4.4 percent to 11.1 million and foreign visitors by 2.6 percent to 10.9 million.
2018 was also record-breaking in terms of the number of nights spent in collective accommodation facilities, which was over 55 million, according to data released by the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ).
For the first time in history, a higher number of foreigners stayed in the Czech Republic than the country’s population.
Germany accounted for the biggest share of foreign tourists since the beginning of the year (almost 900,000), followed by neighbouring Slovaks, Poles, British (over 432,000), Russian, Italians and Chinese.
Last year, 8 million guests were accommodated in Prague, up 1.7 per cent year-on-year.
Almost all regions of the republic increased year-on-year in terms of number of arrivals and overnight stays. Only in Vysočina was there a decrease in the number of guests with a percentage reduction in the number of overnight stays of 0.6 per cent.
The number of overnight stays has slightly decreased. “Guests from China, Taiwan, and South Korea spend an average of 1.5 to 1.6 nights in the Czech Republic, by far the least among all visiting nations,” said the Chief Economist at CZECH FUN, Lukas Kovanda.
Unsurprisingly, the most popular destination for foreign tourists was the capital Prague, followed by the Karlovy Vary region, South Moravia and South Bohemia.