August 9, 2022
Tourism The number of people using hotels has more than doubled compared to last year
In the second quarter of 2022, some 5 million customers in total stayed in hotels or similar establishments. This was 229 percent more than the previous year. Among them, 3.1 million came from the Czech Republic and 1.9 million from abroad. As usual, the Germans were the largest group of foreigners. In Prague, foreigners accounted for 73% of people using accommodation. In other regions, the Czech clientele predominated. The total number of guests includes data for Ukrainian nationals who have paid for their accommodation themselves. However, due to the conflict in Ukraine, operators of accommodation establishments have not always been able to distinguish whether their customers are tourists or refugees.
The number of guest nights in collective accommodation establishments increased by 190% year-on-year to reach 12 million nights. The number of resident overnight stays was 7% higher than in the second quarter of 2019, before the pandemic. However, the number of overnight stays by non-residents still did not reach the level of 2019. In the second quarter, it was 36% lower.
the tragedy Czech dies while rafting in Norway
A Czech man died last week while rafting in the Sjoa River in Norway where he was with seven other Czechs, local police told reporters yesterday. The remaining Czechs were treated by rescuers.
Police said two rafts with eight Czechs were floating on the Sjoa. However, the rafts capsized near the Riddersranget waterfall. Rescuers used a helicopter and drone to search for the missing rafter. The police found his body last Monday several kilometers from the scene of the accident. The accident happened in the upper part of the river where rafts are not usually used. Since the start of the summer tourist season, 50 deaths of Czech citizens abroad have been reported.
Culture Nebraska town hosts annual Czech culture festival
The 61st annual Wilber Czech Festival was held Aug. 5-7 in Wilber, Nebraska, which is called the Czech capital of the United States, the Grand Island Independent reported. Czechs from Iowa, Minnesota, Texas and even overseas attended the festival. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts also visited the festival this year.
The first Czechs settled in Nebraska in 1865, and about 50,000 of them came and began to live in the towns of Wilber, Schuyler, Clarkson, and Prague.
rally ANO’s plan to make room for opponents at its meetings is illegal
The ANO movement will always designate a place for opponents in its political meetings, as Police Chairman Martin Vondrášek recommended after recent incidents, ANO leader and former Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said in his video on social networks. Vondrášek denied this, saying such a practice would be illegal.
Vondrášek said after meeting with Interior Minister Vít Rakušan that a preventive separation of participants in a rally would be illegal. He denied recommending this to any organizer of public gatherings.
energy ČEZ made a net profit of CZK 33.6 billion in the first half of the year
Energy group ČEZ made a net profit of CZK 33.6 billion for the first half of the year, ČTK reported. Operating income increased by 21% to CZK 130.5 billion. According to ČEZ, the profit was influenced, among other things, by the enormous rise in commodity prices on the wholesale markets.
August 8, 2022
Pride City Hall raises rainbow flag to launch Prague Pride festival
The 12th Prague Pride, a week-long annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) awareness festival began today with the raising of the rainbow flag at Prague’s Town Hall. The festival runs until August 14 and features 150 events, its director Tom Bily and Prague officials told media. The program will culminate with a carnival parade through central Prague on Saturday.
elections The ANO will reserve a place for the opposition during political meetings
On the recommendation of the Chief of Police Martin Vondrášek, the ANO movement will always reserve a place for opponents of political meetings. This was stated in a video on social networks by the leader of the movement and former Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO), who faced strong protests from his opponents during meetings last week.
Interior Minister Vít Rakušan discusses police actions during Babiš’s meetings with Vondrášek. At a meeting in Borovany, in the České Budějovice district of South Bohemia, plainclothes police knocked down a schoolboy who had taken one of Babiš’s loudspeakers. The police took him to the police station. According to the waiter, they refused to take his mother with them, even though she told them the boy had autism.
finance Average salary increased to CZK 49,166 with bonuses and rewards
The average salary in the Czech Republic, including bonuses and awards, in the first half of this year was 49,166 CZK. Compared to the same period last year, employee earnings increased by seven percent.
Compared to the first quarter, the increase was four percent. This derives from data from the salary portal Profesia.cz, which collects data on the salary assessment of employees in the Czech Republic. The estimate is based on responses from over 45,000 respondents.
FIRE Forest burns near Krupka in Teplice
Thirteen firefighting units are responding to the fire and the third level of alarm has been declared. A helicopter was also called to the scene. The fire broke out at the Vrchoslav sawmill near Krupka. The fire is contained, the firefighters of the Ústí nad Labem region announcement on Twitter.
Corruption Hlubuček’s statement reveals more assets worth one million crowns
Last year, the politician had other secondary financial income of CZK 1.69 million. Last year, Hlubuček and his partner Jiří Karvánek bought two more apartments near Malaga. In total, they had four apartments in Spain together.
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