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Prague, Czech Republic

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Prague ‑ A Meeting Destination

The Czech Republic also has a wide range of hotel accommodation and congress venues comparable with the rest of the world as far as premises and standard of services is concerned. In 2008 new hotels have been emerging in and around Prague with properties such as the Mandarin Oriental, Kempinski Hotel, Sheraton Hotel, Clarion Congress Hotel Prague, Carlo IV Boscolo and Four Seasons, Prague is rapidly becoming a luxury destination. The largest convention venue in the city, Prague Congress Center, can accommodate up to 10,000 participants and offers 15,000 sqm/161,475 sqft of exhibition space. The congress center allowed Prague to host the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Annual Meeting with a total of 15,000 delegates and guests. Two beautiful Art Nouveau landmarks, the Municipal House with five richly decorated halls for concerts, conferences and exhibitions for up to 700 people, and the Industrial Palace inside the Prague Exhibition Grounds, with a space for up to 5,000 people, are also fully prepared for the congress and convention market. Since the beginning of the 90´s international hotel chains have been establishing themselves in Prague, reconstructing existing buildings or building completely new hotels offering their premises together with many companies offering the best in conference services.

Incentive Tourism

Incentive tourism is distinguished by its tailor‑made, unexpected ideas and unique experiences. The Czech Republic is abundant in attractive possibilities where lovers of history and admirers of past events can enjoy castles, life in the middle ages, special programs in an old Celtic village, reenactments of ancient battles, concerts and theater performances in splendid palaces, routes following the footsteps of famous personalities, or simple journeys in historic trains, trams or veteran cars. There are many possibilities for outdoor group activities like skiing, climbing, canoeing and mountain biking. Golfers can enjoy the well‑known courses in Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad), Mariánské Lázne (Marienbad), Karlstejn (30 km/19 miles west from Prague) or Strava‑Silherovice. Many other new and beautiful smaller courses are to be found throughout the country.

Hotels & Cuisine

The number of hotel rooms in Prague has more than quadrupled since 1989 and the new properties are up to the highest international standards. The choice of restaurants is equally wide. A visitor can sample every imaginable cuisine, but for a unique culinary experience he should try the tradition of rich and hearty Czech cuisine. It is certainly not for weight watchers, but definitely mouthwatering. For those who don’t like to experiment, many new restaurants offer salad bars and health food. The traditional cuisine goes well with the Czech beer and Moravian wine.

Spa Resorts

Linking leisure time with a cultural and a tourist program have become popular in modern conference and meeting tourism. Good conditions are offered by more than thirty spas within the Czech Republic. Many resorts offer enough capacity for a conference in high quality hotels and stylish guesthouses. The best known is the West Bohemian Spa Triangle Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad, with as many as 12 mineral springs), Mariánské Lázne (Marienbad, with the best‑known golf course) and Frantiskovy Lázne. Well‑known are also Teplice, Jáchymov, “the cradle of the nuclear age” (radioactive springs), Podebrady (in the vicinity of Prague), or the popular Moravian spas Luhacovice and Jeseník (known for its founder, the “water doctor” Vincenc Priessnitz) and Trebon in South Bohemia, a fairy tale “town of lakes”.