Prague, Czech Republic – The Czech Republic is, once again, on course to set a new record in tourist arrivals this year.
According to data released by the Czech statistical office on Thursday, the total number of guests staying in collective accommodation establishments (hotels, hostels, boarding houses, tourist campsites, holiday dwellings, etc.) increased by 4.9% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2019.
Including both foreign and domestic, 5.8 million tourists visited the Czech Republic from April to June this year, bringing the total number of arrivals to 9.8 million during the first six months of the year (compared to 9.4 million during the first half of 2018).
The number of overnight stays has increased by 3.8%, reaching 14 million nights in the second quarter this year.
The growth dynamics is equally due to the increase of domestic and foreign tourists (after a small drop in foreign tourist arrivals during the first quarter of 2019). Roughly half of the total number of guests came from abroad: 2.9 million in the second quarter 2019 and 5 million in the first half of the year overall.
Germany accounted for the biggest share of foreign tourists since the beginning of the year (979,000), followed by neighbouring Slovaks (343,000)and Poles (324,000), with Chinese and Russian visitors rounding up the top 5 (277,000 each).
Tourists from the U.S. (246,000), the U.K. (232,000), South Korea (196,000), Italy (195,000) and France (153,000) also flocked en masse to the Czech Republic to spend their holidays.
Unsurprisingly, the most popular destination for foreign tourists was the capital Prague (where most of the most popular tourist attractions in the country are located), followed by the Karlovy Vary region, near the German border, South Moravia and South Bohemia (home to the highly popular Cesky Krumlov city).
Czech tourists holidaying in their home country were not as enthused by a trip to the capital, and regularly visited South Moravia, the Hradec Kralove region (recently voted as the Czech region with the highest quality of life) and South Bohemia.
Last year, the number of tourists in the Czech Republic had already reached an all-time high at 21.3 million, roughly twice the size of the country’s population.