The value of the Czech Republic’s beer exports to China has nearly doubled over the last year. The volume of beer exports in 2014 rocketed to 22,688 hectolitres, compared to 12,688 hectolitres in the previous year, the head of the Czech Beer and Malt Association, Vladimír Balach, announced this week.
Czechs want to be entertained and are willing to pay for it. That is the conventional thinking at the moment according to daily Mladá fronta Dnes. Recently, the paper interviewed the former head of the Prague Zoo, Petr Fejk, who is reportedly looking for investors in a 200 million crown project just outside the capital. According to the former zoo man, Czechs don’t want Disneyland but something more. Others, meanwhile, have been even quicker to get in on the action.
The favourite destination for Chinese shoppers in Europe is usually Paris, but the private investment group CEFC has been on a veritable spending spree in Prague and the Czech Republic. In the basket have gone stakes in a major brewery, travel company, Czech investment group, famous football club, and a few choice pieces of real estate in Prague.
Czech energy group ČEZ has an interesting publicity stunt in which it gives a statistic for the week. It’s usually some self-promotional stuff about the number of electricity pylons it has, donations to charity, or power plant output. This week’s statistic that sticks in the mind though came from outside: the 100,000 crowns a month that has been paid to a top ANO politician for not very specific advisory services.
Tourists in Prague in the summer generally aren’t afraid to splurge during their holiday but a study by Prague City Tourism suggests that visitors this summer were a little thriftier than the last winter season. Aside from transportation and accommodation, tourists spent the most at restaurants, but a touch less than in the past.