Tourism in Czechia

Tourism in Czechia

Czechia recorded a total of 37 million tourists in 2019, ranking 7th in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Czechia, the result is much more comparable picture: With 3.5 tourists per resident, Czechia ranked 17th in the world. In Eastern Europe, it ranked 1st.

In 2020, Czechia generated around 3.89 billion US dollars in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 1.4 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 14 percent of all international tourism receipts in Eastern Europe.

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The most popular city in Czechia for international travelers is Prague. In 2021, it reached the 13th place of the world's most popular cities.

Tourism in Czechia

Development of the tourism sector in Czechia from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Czechia each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g., crew members of ships or flights are also not considered tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 10 countries in Eastern Europe.

Tourists per year in Czechia

Revenues from tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 2.88 billion USD, or about 4.8 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 3.38 million tourists at that time and roughly 852 USD per person. Within 25 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, sales were $7.97 billion billion, 3.2 percent of gross national product. Thus, each visitor spent an average of $214 on their vacation in Czechia.

In 2020, tourist receipts plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the $7.97 billion billion (2019), only $3.89 billion billion remained. This is a 51 percent decrease in Czechia.

Tourism receipts in Czechia per year

All data for Czechia in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
201937.20 m7.97 bn $3.2 %214 $
201836.27 m8.28 bn $3.3 %228 $
201734.70 m7.70 bn $3.5 %222 $
201632.52 m7.04 bn $3.6 %217 $
201529.60 m6.77 bn $3.6 %229 $
201427.17 m7.61 bn $3.6 %280 $
201326.33 m7.79 bn $3.7 %296 $
201225.75 m8.17 bn $3.9 %317 $
201122.81 m8.93 bn $3.9 %391 $
201021.94 m8.07 bn $3.9 %368 $
200923.29 m8.16 bn $3.9 %351 $
200821.85 m9.23 bn $3.9 %422 $
200722.63 m7.80 bn $4.1 %345 $
200625.10 m6.70 bn $4.3 %267 $
200524.75 m5.77 bn $4.2 %233 $
200423.81 m4.93 bn $4.1 %207 $
200320.11 m4.07 bn $4.1 %202 $
20024.74 m3.38 bn $4.1 %712 $
20015.41 m3.10 bn $4.6 %574 $
20004.77 m2.97 bn $4.8 %623 $
19995.61 m3.15 bn $4.8 %562 $
19985.48 m3.89 bn $5.8 %710 $
19974.98 m3.62 bn $5.8 %727 $
19964.56 m4.08 bn $6.1 %895 $
19953.38 m2.88 bn $4.8 %852 $

Our data on tourist numbers, revenues and expenditures are based on information from the World Tourism Organization. However, to ensure international comparability, the data for some years or countries were manually researched and corrected if they obviously included visitors without overnight stays. In these cases, the data were taken from the official communications of the respective national tourism authorities.

The World Tourism Organization additionally points out that in some countries, the number of tourists is only counted at airports, while in others they are also counted at border crossings or even hotels. A comprehensive and reliable indication is therefore hardly possible in any country.

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