Prague Travelers Down

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The number of travelers visiting Prague is down for the first quarter of 2009, according to statistics released from CTK and other sources. The decline is in line with the global economic crisis, and shows that first quarter traffic at the airport is down 18 percent compared to the first quarter in 2008.
For the first quarter, the Prague-Ruzyne (PRG) airport had 2.07 million passengers. In all of 2008, there were 12.6 million passengers through the airport, a record amount and 1.5 percent higher than in 2007.
Prague travel authorities are getting ready to launch a new advertising campaign that hopes to draw more visitors to the city later in the year. City Hall Culture and Tourism Councilor Milan Richter is heading the campaign, and indicates that it will target visitors from Europe and Asia. The tourist industry is currently dominated by travelers from Russia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia. Since the country has been in the Schengen zone, the number of visitors from China and Asia has also increased. The last quarter of the year traditionally has seen the fewest number of visitors, and it is hoped that the campaign will change that for 2009.
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