As a means to help restart the tourism industry after months of lack of economic activity, the Government of the Czech Republic will be delivering 30,000 vouchers worth 2,000 CZK each.
Until the end of March 2022, vouchers will be available to those spending at least six nights and having five procedures at a spa hotel. The COVID – Lázně program was approved on Monday by the government, Hospodářské noviny reported on Thursday.
People are required to register online to receive the e-vouchers worth about 2,000 CZK per person for accommodation payment.
Each person can generate a voucher on the website, and get a unique code. The guest will receive a discount immediately and see it directly in the invoice.
Guests can print the vouchers from the beginning of July on Kudyznudy.cz portal. Only adults who pay for public insurance are entitled to use the voucher.
About 60 Czech resorts participate in this project.
Tourist industry experts warn that domestic tourism alone cannot keep the sector going.
“There will be some assistance from [domestic tourism] for the hotels, but our estimates say that it will cover only about 30 to 35 percent of what foreigners would spend in the Czech Republic,” said Tomas Prouza, president of the Confederation of Trade and Tourism.
The number of people who recovered from COVID-19 has risen to 25 in the Czech Republic, while the number of deaths grew to 23.
This was announced today at a press conference after the government meeting by the Health Minister Adam Vojtech (ANO). According to Vojtěch, all the dead people were suffering from other diseases.
The increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the Czech Republic is still slowing down; today, at 18:30, there have been 125 cases bringing the total to 2942.
On Sunday, the daily increase was 160 cases, on Saturday 262 and on Friday even 373. If the number of new cases won’t increase significantly, today’s daily increase could be the lowest since last Monday.
However, the number of tests for COVID-19 has been decreasing in recent days, as well. While on Friday 5247 tests have been made, on Saturday the number of tests decreased to 4300 and on Sunday to 2800.
On Saturday, the Ministry of Health reported two deaths from COVID-19, on Sunday five.
The highest number of confirmed cases is in Prague: 791. Prague also has the highest number of cases per capita, with almost 60 people with COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants.
The second-largest share of infected people is in the Olomouc Region, where there are currently over 43 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while the third-largest is Karlovy Vary Region with 34 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The Czech Republic has excluded South Korea from its list of COVID-19 risk countries and lifted the suspension of direct air routes between the two countries.
According to the South Korean Embassy in Prague on Wednesday, the Czech government has excluded South Korea and China from its list of countries with high virus risk, which was newly updated on Monday.
In the meantime, the Czech health authority has added six nations including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Israel, and Portugal to its 19-nation list.
However, flight operation between Incheon and Prague will likely take some time before resuming. The Czech government is currently banning the entry into the country of all foreigners, excluding long-term residents such as green card holders, through April 11.
Prague’s latest decision has apparently been affected by a declining number of confirmed cases in South Korea, and its relationship with Korean companies with operation in the country.
South Korean Ambassador to Czech Kim Tae-jin and Yang Dong-wan, head of Hyundai Motor’s Czech office, met with Czech Prime Minister Andrei Babish on Wednesday.
Hyundai Motor reportedly donated about 400,000 U.S. dollars and 20,000 face masks to the nation.