Despite a high number of tourists deciding to visit the capital city of the Czech Republic, Prague, data show that heritage sites, as well as tourist attractions, have still not reached the levels registered during the pre-pandemic period.
Of all the tourist attractions that the country has, it has been revealed that only two of them have reached the 2019 figures.
The Old Town hall was visited by around 40 per cent fewer people so far this year compared to the same period in 2019. Prague Castel, the Petřín Tower and the Powder Tower also registered a lower number of visitors.
The number of visitors that visited Prague Castle in July was around 50 per cent less than the number of visitors in July 2019.
The spokesperson of Prague City Tourism, Klára Malá, said that the tourist attractions have not been registering a high number of visitors as there is a lack of arrivals from Southeast Asia and Russia.
The spokesperson explained that Asians are not visiting Czechia due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in their home countries. As for Russians, she said that they are not visiting Czechia due to the war in Ukraine and the restrictions that have been imposed on them.
While Czechia is yet to reach the pre-pandemic levels, the country has already surpassed the levels of last year.
Earlier in August, the Czech Republic’s Statistical Office said that in the second quarter of 2022, around five million guests were accommodated in collective accommodation establishments, surpassing the 2021 levels by 229 per cent.
“In the reference period, five million guests in total arrived in collective accommodation establishments, which was by 229 per cent more compared to the previous year. The number of domestic guests increased more than two times, and also the number of guests from abroad who accommodated was considerably higher than last year,” Director of the Trade, Transport, Services, Tourism, and Environmental Statistics Department of the CZSO, Marie Boušková, stated.
The number of overnight stays of guests in collective accommodation establishments in the second quarter of 2022 reached 12 million nights. Such a high number of nights spent by guests in the Czech Republic represents an increase of 190 per cent compared to the same period last year.
It has been noted that the highest number of foreign guests were from Germany, Slovakia, and Poland. As for the non-EU countries, it was explained that the most tourist arrivals were from the US.