Covid-19 forces hoteliers in Prague to lower their prices
On the contrary, the owners of hotels in the regions, especially in destinations popular among Czech tourists, have increased prices. In many cases, they are higher than in the pre-Covid period.
The coronavirus crisis has shown who are resilient and adaptable, Ladislav VeselÃ½, director of Slevomat, the largest daily deal discount website in the Czech market, told Czech news agency:
â€œThe regions have taken advantage of the fact that a large number of Czechs spend their holidays at home, which is why they have increased the prices. This particularly applies to the most popular destinations, such as the Giant Mountains, Å umava and South Bohemia “, he said.
Last year, a four-night stay for two people in the regions in June and July cost an average of CZK 7,499. This year, travelers paid around 9,443 CZK for such a stay.
According to VeselÃ½, the highest accommodation prices are found in South Moravia. “A week or a fortnight of family holidays, for example in Lednice and its surroundings, that comes at the price of an all-inclusive holiday by the sea.” he said.
In order to attract domestic tourists, hoteliers in Prague had to buy cheaper. The price for a room for two for four nights has fallen from an average of CZK 7,851 in 2019 to CZK 6,678 this year, VeselÃ½ said, adding that in some cases prices have fallen below the half of last year’s figure.
A survey conducted by state agency CzechTourism in May showed that 76% of Czechs plan to spend their vacation at home this year. On average, this will last 13 days and people will spend CZK 6,840 per person, which is CZK 700 more than they reported last year.
Large cities in particular continue to face a shortage of foreign guests. Experts have long emphasized that domestic tourists cannot replace them.