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Chinese tourist spending in Czech Republic up 119 percent

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — The figures for the total spending of Chinese tourists in the Czech Republic are growing fast, as they recorded a rise of 119 percent in the first half of this year and surp

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PRAGUE, Czech Republic — The figures for the total spending of Chinese tourists in the Czech Republic are growing fast, as they recorded a rise of 119 percent in the first half of this year and surpassed Russian tourists’ expenses in June, the Global Blue company told the Czech News Agency today.

The spending of Russian tourists fell 42 percent in H1.

A further increase in Chinese tourists’ spending is expected with the launch of the Beijing–Prague direct flights in the autumn.

In June, the share of Chinese tourists accounted for 26 percent of the total amount of spending made by foreign visitors, which was an increase from 4 percent in January.

By contrast, the share of Russian tourists’ spending dropped to 24 percent in June from 68 percent in January.

“It is not only Chinese but also other Asian countries, such as Thailand and Taiwan, that are firming their position on the market. Thailand shows one of the highest average spending figures,” Global Blue marketing manager Zuzana Roubíčková said.

Tourists from Thailand spent 31,320 Kč on average in the Czech Republic, followed by Chinese tourists with an average of 21,443 Kč and American tourists with an average of 15,639 Kč.

Chinese tourists most frequently buy clothing and fashion (45 pct) and jewels (37 pct).

Russian tourists spent only 7,839 Kč in Czech shops on average.

The number of Chinese tourists in the Czech Republic increased around 20 percent to 211,000 last year.

Chinese air carrier Hainan Airlines is to launch Prague–Beijing flights Sept. 3, flying three times a week. A total of 60,000 passengers are expected to use the line annually.

According to an estimate of the Association of Czech Travel Agencies, about 270,000 Chinese tourists will visit the Czech Republic this year.

Share of nationalities in total spending of foreign tourists in ČR in H1 (in percent):

January

February

March

April

May

June

H1

Russia

41

27

23

27

37

24

30

China

7

16

24

16

18

26

18

Taiwan

4

7

10

9

6

8

7

Thailand

3

2

3

5

7

3

4

Israel

5

4

4

4

3

3

4

United States

2

4

3

3

4

5

4

South Korea

2

5

4

5

4

3

4

Ukraine

4

4

3

2

2

2

3

Others

29

30

22

25

18

23

26

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