No surprise, tourists visiting Prague fell by 94% in the second quarter
There were 988,000 people who stayed in the Czech Republic’s accommodation facilities in the second quarter of this year, 82.9 percent less year-on-year. Guests spent even fewer nights in them. Their number decreased by 81.7 percent to 2.6 million compared to the same period last year. The drop in attendance was the measures taken by the government against the spread of coronavirus. The most affected region is Prague, where the number of accommodated tourists fell by 93.6 percent. The Czech Statistical Office (CSO) informed about it.
“In absolute terms, this is a year-on-year decrease of almost five million guests and 11.5 million nights,” said Pavel Vančura, Head of the Tourism and Services Statistics Unit.
The number of accommodated foreigners decreased by almost 96 percent and domestic guests by more than two thirds in the period under review. In connection with this, local accommodation establishments also recorded fewer nights spent by foreign and Czech guests. Foreigners spent 96.2 percent fewer nights in hotels or boarding houses than a year earlier, and Czechs spent almost 67 percent less.
Among the Czech regions, the drop in attendance hit the capital the hardest. From April to the end of June, the number of guests decreased by 93.6 percent year on year and the number of nights spent in accommodation establishments by 94.9 percent. Over a million nights were also absent from accommodation providers in the Karlovy Vary region. The number of visitors to collective accommodation establishments fell across the board, but in all regions, statistics said.
The coronavirus crisis did not escape the spa either. According to the CZSO, spa accommodation establishments had only a quarter of the number of visitors in the second quarter; 57,000 guests used their services, most of them, 51,000, were from the Czech Republic. Year-on-year, the number of Czech visitors staying in spas decreased by 61.5 percent and that of foreigners by 94.1 percent.
The first cases of coronavirus infection occurred in the Czech Republic in early March. Shortly afterward, the government took preventive measures against the spread of the virus, which included the closure of restaurants, cinemas, shops, a ban on the sale of accommodation services and travel restrictions. Gradually, it began to release them from mid-May.
Due to restrictions on movement, the number of foreign tourists from all monitored countries decreased in the Czech Republic. Except Slovakia, their arrivals and overnight stays decreased by more than 90 percent. The decrease in traffic from Slovakia was 84 percent. In addition, according to the CZSO, German tourists, who before the coronavirus pandemic formed one of the most numerous groups of visitors in the country, accommodated 91.2 percent less in the Czech Republic than a year earlier, namely 50,000.
In Prague, the number of tourists fell by 94 percent.
In Prague, the number of tourists dropped drastically due to the coronavirus crisis. In the second quarter, only 138,187 people stayed in hotels, guesthouses, and campsites in the capital, 93.6 percent less than a year ago. Due to closed borders and travel restrictions, mainly foreign visitors, who previously formed most guests of Prague accommodation facilities, did not come. The number of nights people spent in the Czech capital fell by 94.9 percent year on year to 255,652.
According to statisticians, Prague is the most affected region in the whole country in terms of the drop in attendance. However, attendance at collective accommodation establishments decreased during April, May and June in all regions. Even during the first quarter, over a million foreign and domestic tourists came to Prague.
While previously the capital was dominated by visitors from abroad, the majority were tourists from the Czech Republic in the second quarter. Year-on-year, the number of foreigners in accommodation establishments in Prague decreased by almost 98 percent, with 45,730 arriving. The number of nights they spent here fell by about the same proportion to about 91,400.
For domestic tourists, the decline was smaller. Visitors from other regions decreased by about 70 percent in Prague to 92,457. The nights they spent in the city were over 164,200, which is also about 70 percent less than in the same period last year.
Sales in services fell by almost a fifth in the second quarter.
Revenues from service providers in the Czech Republic fell by 19.8 percent year on year in the second quarter, seasonally adjusted. It was the sharpest decline since 2005. From April to the end of June, air carriers, accommodation service providers and travel agencies saw a drop in sales of more than 80%. The CZSO published the data.
Excluding seasonal effects, sales in services fell by 19.7 percent year on year. “This has fully reflected the impact of the coronavirus crisis’s restrictions,” said Marie Boušková, director of the CZSO services statistics department. “Only a few industries, such as telecommunications or postal and courier activities, saw sales growth,”
Revenues from hospitality and catering establishments fell by about half. In accommodation establishments, they even fell by four-fifths.
Restrictions due to the spread of the coronavirus epidemic also harmed carriers’ finances. Revenues in air transport fell the most, by more than 86 percent. For shipowners, sales fell by half year-on-year. In land and pipeline transport, statistics recorded a decrease of 22.9 percent.
In administrative and support service activities, sales decreased by more than 36 percent year-on-year. The decline was most pronounced in travel agencies, whose sales fell to about a tenth of last year. For employment agencies, sales fell by more than a third.
In real estate, sales decreased by 5.6 percent. In professional, scientific, and technical activities, they fell by more than 15 percent.
Quarter-on-quarter, seasonally adjusted sales in services fell by 14.4 percent in the second quarter. The decline compared to the first quarter affected all service sectors.