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Guest numbers at Czech hotels top 13 mln for first time in 2012

ČTK |
17 January 2013

The number of guests at hotels and guest houses in the Czech Republic grew by 6% to 8% year-on-year last year and exceeded 13 million for the first time in history, according to an estimate released by analytical company Mag Consulting.

Prague, Jan 16 (CTK) - The number of guests at hotels and guest houses in the Czech Republic grew by 6 to 8 percent year-on-year last year and exceeded 13 million for the first time in history, according to an estimate released by analytical company Mag Consulting.

The number of Czechs staying at Czech hotels rose by around 6 percent year-on-year in 2012. The number of foreign tourists in Czech accommodation facilities increased by about 8 percent and exceeded 7 million, which is the highest number in history.

"In terms of income from tourism on the Czech Republic's current account of the balance of payments, the amount for the year 2012 will stay just below the record-high value from the year 2007 when the total annual value of tourism income reached almost Kc140bn," tourism analyst Jaromir Beranek of Mag Consulting said.

The value of spending on tourism reached Kc84bn to Kc87bn last year, Beranek said.

The value of sales generated by companies in the segment of hotel and restaurant services dropped by 1 percent year-on-year to Kc126bn last year.

While the turnover of accommodation facilities slightly increased in 2012, sales in the segment of restaurant services posted a drop of up to 3 percent.

Prices at hotels and guest houses bounced off the bottom last year, according to Mag Consulting.

The value of the total amount of declared value added tax (VAT) in the segment of hotel and restaurant services will grow by around Kc300m year-on-year in 2013 owing to the hike in the basic and reduced VAT rates, Beranek said.

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