BENEFITS COMING TO THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Meeting in the Czech Republic ...

The Czech Republic, particularly Prague, offers excellent conditions for business tourism. The advantage is its location in the very centre of Europe, with its wide variety of attractive tourist destinations, as well as many cultural events and sights for the regular visitor. This and the fact that the country has a good infrastructure, make the Czech Republic a very desirable destination. The total number of international conferences in the Czech Republic is about 200 events per year. Prague has at its disposal the Congress Centre, which has been reconstructed to meet the requirements of the IMF and WB congress, taking place in 2002. Other venues are the Fair Palace, the Exhibition Grounds and congress hotels.

Transportation ...

The country's capital city, Prague, is the hub for travels to the rest of the Czech Republic with which it is connected by roads and motorways, as well as by dense networks of railways and bus lines. The international airport at Prague-Ruzyne now boasts a brand new terminal which enables it to clear 10 million passengers a year, and the country has three other international airports - in Brno, Ostrava and Pardubice, also used for charter flights. The national carriers CSA as well as many foreign airlines provide flights to Prague with representations in the country.
The Czech Republic boasts a dense network of railway lines, too. Many international express trains pass through the country. Euro City trains are the best category express trains connecting the Czech Republic with other countries. Likewise, there are many coach connections with major European cities.
Although there are many modern means of transport, why not enjoy a nostalgic journey in some of the historic ones - like tramways, steamboats on the Vltava River, and horse drawn carriages?

Czech culture ...

Coming to the Czech Republic means being in intimate contact with all the facets of traditional and contemporary art. Music festivals take place across the country from spring to autumn - the most famous among them is certainly the Prague Spring international music festival, Smetanova Litomysl festival and Baroque music festival in Valtice. Many of the most famous composers and soloists lived in the Czech Republic.
Very popular is visiting the spas: Karlovy Vary, Marianske Lazne and Frantiskovy Lazne. The curative effects of the local mineral springs have been known from time immemorial and hence, the spa regions have developed into important centres of life.

There are many ways of crowning a day with an uplifting cultural experience, a concert, and a performance of an opera, an operetta or musical; wonderful folklore performances; some good jazz or a well-staged rendition of modern pop.

Accommodation for every demand ...

The Czech Republic can accommodate the people attending your program in any manner they prefer. There are the wonderful, palatial turn-of-the-century grand hotels upholding venerable traditions; there are the international chain hotels guaranteeing a large number of very similarly equipped and appointed rooms. And there are wonderful family run hotels - any category and the comfortable, pleasant, conveniently located mid-range hotels as well as the small, family-style, cozy guesthouses.

Food and drink...

Czech cuisine is a rare and original mixture of many diverse traditions and cultures. It uses all available ingredients and is open to everything that is new. The Bohemian and Moravian cuisine is delicious, and typical national dishes are served at expensive first-class restaurants and wine bars as well as at cheaper pubs and beer houses. Most restaurants also serve international dishes. Bohemia's most typical dish is probably roast pork with dumplings and cabbage. Pork feasts are very popular with the Czechs. Other national dishes include roast goose, venison and hare, and fruit dumplings. Both famous and less famous Czech beers are served at the many beer houses across the Czech Republic, while the wine bars are the best place for tasting the excellent Bohemian and Moravian wines. The Becherovka herb liqueur and Slivovice plum brandy are the best-known and most popular spirits.

Something for everyone ...

Tourism has flourished in the lands of the Czech crown since time immemorial. The Czech Republic, a sovereign and dynamically developing country, enjoys the attention of international business people as well as the regular tourist, indulging into shopping in the Czech Republic. Today, the Czech market is an integral part of the European and world economies. Moreover, tradition, typical of Czech handicrafts and of its industry celebrated throughout the world, remains unchanged and beautiful in its timelessness. Encounter the glitter of Bohemian crystal in thousands of different styles and permutations. One of the most renowned inventions of ancient China porcelain has developed its own style in contemporary Bohemia and garners a respected worldwide reputation. Equally delightful are wooden toys, the fine classical recordings by Czech and world masters or a visit to one of the small and conspicuous second hand bookshops. A few minutes in an antiques store suffices as a guided tour of the history of Czech arts and crafts, while the tiny shops from whose windows wafts the scent of hay, honey, gingerbread and herbs recall the life in the Czech lands a few short decades ago.

Big opportunities in a small country ...

It is the advantage of a small country that everything is within easy reach. Just a two-hour drives westwards from Prague lies the triangle of the famed spas: Karlovy Vary, Marianske Lazne and Frantiskovy Lazne. The curative effects of the local mineral springs have been known from time immemorial and hence, the spa regions have developed into important centres of life.

The health resorts, however, not only offer cures to long-time clients but also many opportunities for entertainment and rest to people on short visits. Accommodation is available at luxury hotels where many a crowned head, like Edward VII or Peter the Great, and many major artists came for a cure. Composers like Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin, Antonin Dvorak, Edvard Grieg, Franz Liszt, authors like George Gordon Byron, Ivan Turgenev, Nikolai Gogol, Henrik Ibsen, Adam Mickiewicz, Maxim Gorki, Friedrich Schiller, Friedrich Nietzsche, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling are just a few on the long list of artists, who have been delighted by the benefits of these resorts.

Spa treatment is, however, only a small part of the extensive offer. Those interested in spending their time in a more active way will find here the country's most famous golf courses that have been venues of many a master tournament. Others may prefer to visit the Moser glassworks whose products adorn royal palaces and whose museum houses an exhibition on the history of glass making in Bohemia. Visitors looking for excitement may find it at one of the casinos, and can then relax over a glass of the famous Becherovka herbal liqueur associated with Karlovy Vary so closely that it has been nicknamed the spa's 13th mineral spring. Likewise, there are many opportunities for encounters with history at the chateaux at Kynzvart, Becov, Kozel and Loket.