The Czechs envy Slovakia’s recreational vouchers

Tatras, Spiš, Bojnice or swimming pool Vadaš. Slovaks did not go far for rest last year. The number of those who decided to spend a holiday at home rose by more than 15 percent year on year last year. 1.2 million locals preferred a day off in a corner of Slovakia. This was shown by overnight statistics from Eurostat. Overall, the number of overnight stays in the Union in 2019 was up 2.4 percent year on year. Apart from Slovakia, Lithuania also grew significantly.

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Behind the popularity of domestic holidays are also recreational vouchers from the workshop nationalists. These can be used by employees from the beginning of last year. Despite the embarrassing start, they finally caught on. Just look into neighboring Czech Republic. Home holidays jumped there year-on-year last year only by less than three percent. Neighbors are not in need of tourists, no support for home holidays would be welcomed. “The voucher system that is established in Slovakia, we can only envy, “says the director of the Czech Trade and Tourism Association Irena Vlčková.

The Czech Republic is not yet considering the introduction of holiday vouchers. However, Vlčková does not hide the fact that it would help the local accommodation facilities. “Surely this option would expand the advice of domestic tourists with others interested parties, “he says.

Holiday vouchers have not only helped to increase the number of overnight stays, but they also attracted the attendance of attractions or catering facilities. “This one the increase increases consumption in tourist resorts, causes also an increase in the collected tax on accommodation or other excise taxes, “he says President of the Tourism Association Marek Harbuľák. Slovaks who decide on a home vacation using a holiday voucher, so they are also pulling up the economy in individual regions.

Harbuľák sees behind the growth of domestic holidaymakers in Slovakia except recreational vouchers and the situation in our economy. In recent years, for the country has prospered. And despite slowing growth, Slovakia is holding on high employment. It also pulls up salaries. They credited them last year adjusted for inflation by more than five percent on average. “The pace of number growth domestic visitors has been higher in recent years compared to those foreign, “says Harbuľák. The fact that Slovakia has a lot to offer There is no doubt. Tourists, whether domestic or foreign, the most visited tourist places such as the Tatras or the Žilina region last year, historic towns and spas.

A coronavirus epidemic can also help domestic tourism this year. For There are many who prefer a holiday at home as a path to Asian exoticism. Alternatively, they will change their selection.

Holiday vouchers worked

The summer of 2019 led in the use of recreational vouchers. “In the summer, we had a visible increase in the number of parents who requested invoices for the children’s camp so that they can give it to their own employer to pay, ”says Petra Bartošová from the travel allowance offices AZAD.

More than two-fifths used the employer’s support for the holidays Slovaks. This was shown by the statistics of the Up Rekrea system. Average price of stay was last year 2 019, 308 euros. Of this amount, the employer paid employee 170 euros.

The holiday voucher can be used up to 275 euros. They are mandatory for companies with more than 49 employees. Only people are entitled to them employer for at least two years. And just for a vacation on which they will spend at least two nights in the accommodation.

Last year, however, holiday vouchers also caused worries for hoteliers. “The most burdens the hoteliers with the administration associated with repairs and replenishment additional data on accommodated guests, “says Harbuľák. He thinks however, it will improve over time. “These shortcomings can be remedied at on the part of the accommodation providers as well as those who charge these costs, “ adds.

Fewer tourists from China

The Czechs spent 29.6 million nights in the country last year. It goes a 2.9 percent increase compared to 2018. “There is great interest in mountain area, not only in winter, but also significantly increases the number of visitors to the Czech Republic mountains even in the summer months, “says Vlčková.

Foreign tourists who came to the Czech Republic spent in the country 27.2 million nights. Tourists choose mainly historic cities such as Prague, Český Krumlov or Karlovy Vary. “It is necessary to ensure greater dispersion just foreign tourists to individual regions and thus ease some congested destinations, “says Vlčková.

According to current statistics from the Czech Statistical Office, it came last year a total of 10.8 million foreign tourists to the country. It goes year-on-year a 2.6 percent increase. The interest of Germans but also Slovaks increased, Poles or Russians.

However, tours from China fell by one percent. It was offset by an increase visitors from Ukraine, Japan and Denmark. “Decline in traffic from one major market will not harm the whole sector, “says the director Jan Herget of the local CzechTourism agency. According to him, the agency is trying o Extending the average length of stay and distributing holidaymakers outside Prague. Last year, for example, it was successful in the South Moravian Region, he adds Herget.

However, the Chinese traveled less to other European countries last year destinations. The slowdown in the Chinese economy seems to be feeling this way as well in tourism. A similar development can be expected this year as well – namely for a coronavirus epidemic.

Home holidays in the Union are leading

Spending a rest in your own country was popular in all last year countries of the Union. This was shown by the increase in the number of overnight stays in the population countries. Apart from Slovakia, the number of domestic ones increased year-on-year in 2019 tourists in Cyprus – by 13 percent, almost a tenth went up as well in Croatia, Lithuania and Malta.

Last year, domestic holidaymakers accounted for about four-fifths all overnight stays in Romania, Germany and Poland. Spending free time in their own country was also preferred by the Swedes. The result is up there 75 percent share of overnight stays from domestic tourists.

At the opposite end of the scale are countries where foreigners also led last year tourists. Last year, the number of foreign holidaymakers increased the most in Great Britain. It thus achieved year-on-year growth in the United Kingdom almost a fifth. In 2019, the year-on-year interest also increased by more than a tenth people from abroad about the Netherlands.

The number of foreign holidaymakers in Lithuania also increased by a tenth. On the Last year, Slovakia lost eight percent more tourists year-on-year from abroad. The largest number of nights spent by foreign tourists in Malta, Cyprus and Croatia. And that is up to 90 percent. Luxembourg followed with 88 percent.

Tatras, Spiš, Bojnice or swimming pool Vadaš. Slovaks did not go far for rest last year. The number of those who decided to spend a holiday at home rose by more than 15 percent year on year last year. 1.2 million locals preferred a day off in a corner of Slovakia. This was shown by overnight statistics from Eurostat. Overall, the number of overnight stays in the Union in 2019 was up 2.4 percent year on year. Apart from Slovakia, Lithuania also grew significantly.

Watch more videos and shows v TV Pravda.

Behind the popularity of domestic holidays are also recreational vouchers from the workshop nationalists. These can be used by employees from the beginning of last year. Despite the embarrassing start, they finally caught on. Just look into neighboring Czech Republic. Home holidays jumped there year-on-year last year only by less than three percent. Neighbors are not in need of tourists, no support for home holidays would be welcomed. “The voucher system that is established in Slovakia, we can only envy, “says the director of the Czech Trade and Tourism Association Irena Vlčková.

The Czech Republic is not yet considering the introduction of holiday vouchers. However, Vlčková does not hide the fact that it would help the local accommodation facilities. “Surely this option would expand the advice of domestic tourists with others interested parties, “he says.

Holiday vouchers have not only helped to increase the number of overnight stays, but they also attracted the attendance of attractions or catering facilities. “This one the increase increases consumption in tourist resorts, causes also an increase in the collected tax on accommodation or other excise taxes, “he says President of the Tourism Association Marek Harbuľák. Slovaks who decide on a home vacation using a holiday voucher, so they are also pulling up the economy in individual regions.

Harbuľák sees behind the growth of domestic holidaymakers in Slovakia except recreational vouchers and the situation in our economy. In recent years, for the country has prospered. And despite slowing growth, Slovakia is holding on high employment. It also pulls up salaries. They credited them last year adjusted for inflation by more than five percent on average. “The pace of number growth domestic visitors has been higher in recent years compared to those foreign, “says Harbuľák. The fact that Slovakia has a lot to offer There is no doubt. Tourists, whether domestic or foreign, the most visited tourist places such as the Tatras or the Žilina region last year, historic towns and spas.

A coronavirus epidemic can also help domestic tourism this year. For There are many who prefer a holiday at home as a path to Asian exoticism. Alternatively, they will change their selection.

Holiday vouchers worked

The summer of 2019 led in the use of recreational vouchers. “In the summer, we had a visible increase in the number of parents who requested invoices for the children’s camp so that they can give it to their own employer to pay, ”says Petra Bartošová from the travel allowance offices AZAD.

More than two-fifths used the employer’s support for the holidays Slovaks. This was shown by the statistics of the Up Rekrea system. Average price of stay was last year 2 019, 308 euros. Of this amount, the employer paid employee 170 euros.

The holiday voucher can be used up to 275 euros. They are mandatory for companies with more than 49 employees. Only people are entitled to them employer for at least two years. And just for a vacation on which they will spend at least two nights in the accommodation.

Last year, however, holiday vouchers also caused worries for hoteliers. “The most burdens the hoteliers with the administration associated with repairs and replenishment additional data on accommodated guests, “says Harbuľák. He thinks however, it will improve over time. “These shortcomings can be remedied at on the part of the accommodation providers as well as those who charge these costs, “ adds.

Fewer tourists from China

The Czechs spent 29.6 million nights in the country last year. It goes a 2.9 percent increase compared to 2018. “There is great interest in mountain area, not only in winter, but also significantly increases the number of visitors to the Czech Republic mountains even in the summer months, “says Vlčková.

Foreign tourists who came to the Czech Republic spent in the country 27.2 million nights. Tourists choose mainly historic cities such as Prague, Český Krumlov or Karlovy Vary. “It is necessary to ensure greater dispersion just foreign tourists to individual regions and thus ease some congested destinations, “says Vlčková.

According to current statistics from the Czech Statistical Office, it came last year a total of 10.8 million foreign tourists to the country. It goes year-on-year a 2.6 percent increase. The interest of Germans but also Slovaks increased, Poles or Russians.

However, tours from China fell by one percent. It was offset by an increase visitors from Ukraine, Japan and Denmark. “Decline in traffic from one major market will not harm the whole sector, “says the director Jan Herget of the local CzechTourism agency. According to him, the agency is trying o Extending the average length of stay and distributing holidaymakers outside Prague. Last year, for example, it was successful in the South Moravian Region, he adds Herget.

However, the Chinese traveled less to other European countries last year destinations. The slowdown in the Chinese economy seems to be feeling this way as well in tourism. A similar development can be expected this year as well – namely for a coronavirus epidemic.

Home holidays in the Union are leading

Spending a rest in your own country was popular in all last year countries of the Union. This was shown by the increase in the number of overnight stays in the population countries. Apart from Slovakia, the number of domestic ones increased year-on-year in 2019 tourists in Cyprus – by 13 percent, almost a tenth went up as well in Croatia, Lithuania and Malta.

Last year, domestic holidaymakers accounted for about four-fifths all overnight stays in Romania, Germany and Poland. Spending free time in their own country was also preferred by the Swedes. The result is up there 75 percent share of overnight stays from domestic tourists.

At the opposite end of the scale are countries where foreigners also led last year tourists. Last year, the number of foreign holidaymakers increased the most in Great Britain. It thus achieved year-on-year growth in the United Kingdom almost a fifth. In 2019, the year-on-year interest also increased by more than a tenth people from abroad about the Netherlands.

The number of foreign holidaymakers in Lithuania also increased by a tenth. On the Last year, Slovakia lost eight percent more tourists year-on-year from abroad. The largest number of nights spent by foreign tourists in Malta, Cyprus and Croatia. And that is up to 90 percent. Luxembourg followed with 88 percent.