A statement from CzechTourism has revealed that travel from the UAE to the Czech Republic grew by over 18% in the first half of the year. This is faster than the previous corresponding period and it’s expected that 2018 will end with a significant rise in the number of outbound travellers.
The Czech tourism authority, CzechTourism, along with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Abu Dhabi, has reported that the second-highest number of travellers from the GCC after Saudi Arabia to the Central European country was from the UAE.
“An exquisite, geographically close destination”
HE Alexandr Sporýš, ambassador of the Czech Republic to the UAE, said: “For both expatriates and the citizens, the Czech Republic is an exquisite, geographically close destination. The country offers a diversity of experience within a five-hour flight distance making it possible for even weekend sojourners to visit the Czech Republic.”
The overall number of travellers from the UAE to the Czech Republic in the last three year stood at close to 100,000 with an average growth rate of over 28% during the period. The average length of stay of UAE travellers to the Czech Republic was in the range of 3.4 to 4.3 days.
“To present them the eclectic experiences the Czech Republic can offer”
Monika Palatková, managing director of CzechTourism, said: “The Czech Republic is one of the closest European destinations to the UAE which is being increasingly favoured by family tourists as well. Our aim is to reach out to the potential UAE travellers and to present them the eclectic experiences the Czech Republic can offer across the spectrum of heritage to modernity complemented by the country’s diversity of natural landscape and culture.”
Globally, the Czech Republic is a fast emerging destination with the number of visitors consistently growing over the last three years. To highlight this increase, CzechTourism also completed a ‘Discover Central Europe Middle East Road Show’ in the UAE as part of its wider campaign across the Gulf.
The roadshow highlighted the multifaceted attractions of the country and branded it as a destination of rich diversity, from the historical to the contemporary.