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Macroeconomics  |  September 06, 2012 16:35:06

CzechTourism: Profits from tourism in the Czech Republic grows


PRAGUE (MEDIAFAX) - Good results reported during the first half of this year, tourism in the country. During the reporting period, the income in the amount of CZK 68.4 billion, which represents an annual growth of 12.7 percent, reported Thursday CzechTourism.

"Receipts from international tourism grew over the first half much faster than tourist arrivals, which indicates the growing proportion of creditworthy clients. Was on this group in our campaign goal," said Rostislav Vondruška, CEO of CzechTourism, with the growth in income from tourism partially offset by declines from previous years and nominally almost reached pre-crisis levels of 2007. Real incomes but with regard to inflation did not exceed this limit.

Number of foreign tourists in the first half of the year, according to statistics grew by 6.9 percent, reaching 3.3 million foreign tourists.

According Vondruška for income growth is higher demand in Russia and distant markets. In the first half significantly increased arrivals of Korean, Japanese and Chinese tourists, as well as slightly increased tourist arrivals from the USA. "Tourists from distant countries also tend to spend more in the Czech Republic. According to the statistics of Global Blue Czech Republic, which tourists from countries outside the EU provides that reimbursement, spent in the first quarter, most Chinese tourists from all countries. At higher income growth was also reflected number of Russian tourists headed to the Czech spa town, "added Vondruška.

In the second quarter, revenues in the Czech Republic in international tourism CZK 35.9 billion, which represents an increase of 9.5 percent. The half-yearly results thus accentuated the first quarter, when annual revenue growth amounted to 16.5 percent.

Czech Tourist Expenditure on foreign travel in the first half amounted to a total of CZK 41.6 billion, which was 6.6 percent more than in the same period of the previous year.

Jan Soukup, soukupj@mediafax.cz

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