Tourists in Prague on Wenceslas Square – illustrative photo.
Prague – The Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ) will today publish data on tourism in the fourth quarter of last year. At the same time, it will inform about how the services fared in the given period. In the summer, tourism in the Czech Republic revived after a two-year covid slump and almost reached the numbers from the third quarter of 2019, when it was not affected by the coronavirus epidemic. Service revenues from July to the end of September rose by 6.9 percent year-on-year.
Last year in the summer months, 7.3 million guests stayed in domestic hotels, guesthouses and campsites, 11 percent more year-on-year, three percent less compared to 2019. Tourists spent several nights in the country. The number of their overnight stays increased by 7.4 percent year-on-year to 20.4 million nights.
Foreigners spent 6.2 million nights in the Czech Republic in the third quarter, 98 percent more than in the same period of 2021. In total 2.5 million of them came to local hotels, guesthouses and campsites in the summer, once as many as a year earlier. In contrast, the number of Czech guests and their overnight stays decreased by a tenth year-on-year. 4.8 million of them stayed and spent 14.2 million nights in accommodation facilities.
In summer services, all major sectors recorded an increase in sales, with the exception of accommodation and catering, where they fell by 5.9 percent. In contrast, the sales of travel agencies and offices rose by almost 96 percent year-on-year. Banka Creditas analyst Petr Dufek said at the time that real sales of services were past their peak. “The looming recession will also affect their performance, and the only thing that can support them at the moment is stronger foreign tourism,” he said last autumn.