During her working visit to Italy Czech Minister of Regional Development Karla Šlechtová met the President of the Regional Council of Venice Clodovaldo Ruffato and discussed both countries’ mutual relationship and possibilities of cooperation in tourism. Minister Karla Šlechtová stressed the need of closer cooperation and mentioned that the Czech Republic was last year host to 370,000 Italian tourists with the average period of stay exceeding 3.5 days with 80 % that were headed to Prague. Both representatives discussed various events that are to come in 2015 and 2016 that the Czech Republic would use to attract Italian tourist such as music festival Prague Spring, celebrations of birth of Charles IV., Pilsen the European Citi of Culture 2015 and others. Also EXPO as the event of key importance was mentioned as Minister Šlechtová had the chance to be informed of ongoing preparations and of possible future opportunities related to it. She also appreciated growth of the number flights between Prague and Milan that happened last year, work of local branch of CzechTourism that managed to contribute to more than 4500 trips to Czech Republic. Czech Republic cooperates with Italy not only on the governmental and EU level but also within the UNWTO.
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13th May 2019