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February 28, 2017

Prague Hosts Largest Number of Events Since 2006




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2016 was a big year for events in Prague. According to new data from the Czech Statistical Office, the city welcomed 4,426 conferences in 2016, the most since 2006. 

The number represents a 5.7 percent increase compared to 2015. In total, 2016 conferences in Prague attracted 541,412 delegates. 

The Czech Statistical Office data tracks only events held in collective accommodation establishments with attendance of more than 50 people. According to the report, meeting planners preferred four- and three-star hotels for their events. 

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According to data from the Prague Convention Bureau, which also tracks events of less than 50 delegates in hotels, congress centers and other alternative venues, there were 2,528 events held in Prague in 2016. Out of these 85 percent took place in hotels, with the rest at other venues, congress centers and universities. 

“We can observe a very positive trend of delegates staying in Prague for longer time,” said Roman Muška, managing director of the Prague Convention Bureau. “While in 2015, delegates stayed here for 1.99 days on average, in 2016 it was 2.22 days. The statistics recorded a considerable increase of more than 100 percent even in the segment of events lasting more than six days. We believe the trend, which has a very significant economic impact on Prague, will continue in the following years. In the long-term perspective, the seasonality also plays a smaller role now, but still, the autumn months belong to the most preferred ones.”

According to the Prague Convention Bureau, half of the events in Prague were attended by delegrates from outside the country, mostly from the United Kingdom, Germany, the United States, Italy and Belgium. Pharmacy was the most discussed topic, followed by industry, IT and telecommunications. Smaller corporate events with the attendance of less than 150 delegates were more popular than bigger, predominantly association conferences and congresses with more than a thousand delegates.

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