A number of Czechs prefer summer vacations in the Czech Republic because of the confusion surrounding the progress of the coronavirus outbreak and related measures. During the main season, which runs from July to August, the camps are nearly complete. However, the situation is complicated by the incomprehensible operating conditions.
At a meeting today (May 17th), the government should decide to restart the activities of summer accommodation camps. According to Karel Havlicek, Minister of Industry and Trade, if the pandemic slows, the camping will be able to resume operations without restrictions on May 24th.
Even if tourists do not use all of the camp’s facilities and follow hygiene guidelines, camps are no longer run, at least for visitors with caravans and motorhomes. Since camping is prohibited, most mobile homes are parked in protected areas, such as national parks, or blocks of traffic on narrow roads.
Last year, the Czech Statistical Office (CSO) recorded that 45,000 more Czechs rested in the camps than the year before. However, there were 80 thousand fewer international visitors. As a result, relative to the same time last year, the campground segment decreased by 2.5 percent. In the Czech Republic last year, there were 10,706 collective homes, of which 5% were campgrounds.
According to the Czech Tourism Agency Institute of Tourism, occupancy of all accommodation options in Prague was 20% at the end of July, compared to 40% across the country. Only 5% of people stay in the least interesting hotels. Prague is still a business travel destination.