CzechTourism (Czech Tourist Authority) and the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Abu Dhabi, said that the second highest number of travelers from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, after Saudi Arabia, to the Central European country was from the United Arab Emirates. A statement from the CzechTourism and the Embassy said travel from the UAE to the Czech Republic grew by over 18% in the first half of the year, faster than the previous corresponding period, and it is expected that 2018 will end with significant rise in the number of outbound travelers.
Commenting on the increasing travel from the UAE, 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 travelers 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 percent during the period. The average length of stay of the UAE travelers to the Czech Republic was in the range of 3.4 to 4.3 days.
Monika Palatková, Managing director, Czech Tourist Authority – CzechTourism, said, “The Czech Republic is one of the closest European destinations to the UAE which is being increasingly favored by family tourists as well. Our aim is to reach out to the potential UAE travelers 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.”
She said globally the Czech Republic is fast emerging to be a sought-after destination and the number of visitors have been consistently growing over the last three years, highlighting that CzechTourism has completed a ‘Discover Central Europe Middle East RoadShow’ in the UAE as part of its wider campaign across the Gulf countries to woo tourists.