Czech Republic sees over 21% boost in travel from Saudi Arabia

Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, Czech Republic

The Czech Tourist Authority, CzechTourism, and the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Riyadh have reported an upswing in travel from Saudi Arabia in the first half of 2018.

The Czech Republic, in Central Europe, is a country that’s known for over twelve hundred castles and twelve UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These destinations have proven to be a draw, especially for tourists coming in from the Kingdom, with a growth in visitors by more than 21% as compared to last year.

A joint statement released by the Czech Tourist Authority, CzechTourism, and the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Riyadh, said that the increased affinity of Saudi travellers to the Czech Republic has been on an upswing during the last three years and cumulatively the country has received over 62,000 visitors from the Kingdom during this period.

“Travellers from Saudi Arabia are one of the longest-staying visitors”

H.E. Jaromír Janev of the Czech Embassy in Riyadh, said: “Travellers from Saudi Arabia are one of the longest-staying visitors and we look at the increasing number of expatriate and national travellers from the Kingdom, the largest state among the Gulf countries, as an endorsement and testimony to the appeal of the Czech Republic as a preferred European destination not only for Spa treatments and medical tourism but also for leisure time activities.”

Lednice Chateau, Czech Republic
Lednice Chateau, one of the most visited sights in the Czech Republic

According to Czech Tourism, which recently concluded an exclusive ‘Discover Central Europe Middle East Road Show’ across several Gulf countries this November, the average length of stay of a Saudi traveller ranged between 6.2 to 7.7 days, which is one of the longest when compared to other global visitors.

“Tremendous untapped potential”

Monika Palatková, managing director of Czech Tourist Authority – CzechTourism, said: “We believe there is tremendous untapped potential in the Kingdom for us to woo more travellers, including family tourists, to visit the Czech Republic and enjoy the unique and distinctive experiences the country has to offer. The Czech Republic offers visitors a ubiquitous diversity of experiences from natural landscapes and architectural splendour to adventure and more.”

The number of visitors from the Kingdom has been consecutively growing at an average rate of over 17 to 19% and the potential for a further rise was evident from the increasing number of inquiries CzechTourism continues to receive from the Kingdom.

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