Tourism to Czechia rebounds to almost 90 percent of pre-pandemic levels

Domestic tourism is still up, but the number of foreign tourists is still lagging behind what it was.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 09.02.2023 09:59:00 (updated on 09.02.2023) Reading time: 1 minute

The number of tourists coming to Czechia increased in 2022, but was still a little below pre-pandemic levels. In 2022, hotels and other accommodation establishments across Czechia saw an increase in both the number of arrivals and overnight stays in almost all regions.

Some 19.5 million guests spent 50.6 million nights in total in collective accommodation establishments. This was a rise in guests of 70.9 percent compared to the previous year, while overnight stays were up 58.6 percent, according to figures from the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ).

Increases due to low figures from 2021

The jumps, though, are only due to unusually low figures from 2021. “Although the number of guests is increasing, year on year, an influence of low comparison basis from the previous years, which were negatively affected by the coronavirus, is still obvious. Compared to 2019, the volume of the total number of guests in 2022 was at 89 percent,” the ČSÚ said.

The number of arrivals and overnight stays from Czechs was higher than in 2019 by 9 percent but visits from foreign clientele were down by about one-third.

Fourth quarter saw big jump in foreign visitors

The fourth quarter of 2022 saw 10.3 million overnight stays, about a third more than in the last quarter of 2021. The number of overnight stays by foreign guests increased by 83.1 percent year on year. The number of guests in accommodation establishments increased in all Czech regions at the end of 2022 only except for the Karlovy Vary region.

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The highest number of foreign guests came from Germany in the fourth quarter of 2022. Germans made a fourth of the guests from abroad. Compared to the previous year, their number doubled. The second most numerous group was guests from Slovakia, while guests from Poland ranked third. As for non-European countries, the highest number of foreign guests were citizens of the U.S.

The data includes Ukrainian nationals who paid for their own accommodation. Operators of accommodation establishments were not always able to distinguish whether their guests were tourists or refugees.  

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