The number of Czechs who travelled abroad during the summer increased by 25
percent compared to 2017, according to the data released by ERV travel
insurer on Thursday.
The most popular destination of Czech travel agencies this year was Greece, followed by Turkey, which saw twice as many Czech tourists as last year. Croatia and Italy continue to be the most popular holiday destinations for Czech tourists travelling by car and bus.
Czech tourists spent on average 9.4 nights on their summer holidays last year, compared to 9.6 in 2017.
The annual festival of illustration LUSTR gets underway in Prague on
Thursday. The seven-day event, which is now in its fifth year, includes
exhibitions, workshops, lectures, films and discussions.
Visitors will have a chance to meet famous Czech and Slovak artists, as well as some guests from other countries, such as Mágoz from Spain, who has worked for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
The event is organised by the bookseller PageFive in cooperation with Czech illustrators, a not-for-profit association which maps the current state of Czech and Slovak illustration.
Police and snake capture specialists are still searching for the pet green
mamba that went missing on Wednesday in Prague’s district of Hlubočepy.
Police have evacuated the building where the snake escaped from. According to experts, the deadly reptile is most likely still somewhere in the building, seeking shelter in warm and humid conditions.
The mambas’ owner, who was bitten by the snake, remains in hospital in an induced coma, after being given anti-venom.
Petr Kellner, the owner of the investment group PPF, remains the richest
Czech, according to an annual rich list published by Forbes on Thursday.
The market value of his assets is estimated at 310 billion US dollars.
Second on the list is the Czech Prime Minister and ANO party leader Andrej Babiš, whose property is estimated at 75 billion crowns. Karel Komárek, owner of the KKCG financial group, placed third with assets worth 67 billion.
There are 11 newcomers among the country’s 80 richest Czechs and their overall wealth amounts to over 1.1 trillion crowns.
Foreign film productions spent five billion crowns in the Czech Republic
last year, the Czech News Agency reported on Thursday, citing data from the
Czech Cinematography Fund.
According to fund’s spokesman Jiří Vaněk, the figure could increase by up to two billion crowns a year, if the government increased incentives for foreign co-productions from the current 20 to 25 percent.
Among the international film productions currently underway in the Czech Republic is the second series of History Channel’s Knightfall. Another major project, an ABC crime series Whiskey Cavalier, is currently under preparation.
Czech tennis player Karolína Plíšková has advanced to the third round
of the Beijing Open for the third consecutive year with a 6-3, 6-4 win over
Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.
The seventh-seeded Plíšková, who trailed 2-0 in the second set before winning four games in a row, will next play local wild-card entry Wang Qiang of China.
The Czech Republic is sending 10 million crowns worth of aid to help
victims of the earthquake and tsunami that recently hit Indonesia, Deputy
Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček said. Dispatching monetary aid above
that amount must be approved by the Czech government.
The funds will be sent to Indonesia via local branches of humanitarian organizations such as the Red Cross. According to Mr Petříček, the Czech Republic also wants to help rebuild the hardest-hit areas.
Police have called in snake capture specialists from the Prague Zoo to help
track down a pet green mamba that went missing on Tuesday in the district
Due to the cool weather, the deadly reptile is likely to be seeking shelter in a heated building, experts said. Police were alerted to the situation after a woman, allegedly the green mamba’s owner, sought medical treatment for a snake bite.