Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Radio Prague Today 1.30.2013

Articles posted today

Government's bill on tourism to introduce structure to Czech destinations' marketing

The Czech Republic is struggling to maintain its position on the global tourist market. With some 8.7 million visitors in 2011, the country ranks below other destinations in central and Eastern Europe, such as Austria, Poland and Hungary. What's more, most tourists rarely venture outside Prague during their relatively short stays. The government says this is partly because the country's travel industry lacks a clear structure when it comes to marketing and promotion. To address the issue, it has come up with a new bill on tourism.

TOP 09 demand opens fresh fissure in weak coalition

Within hours of being elected president, Miloš Zeman called for early parliamentary elections, leading to speculation about the chances of Petr Nečas's right-of-centre coalition serving its full term. Now the embattled prime minister is coming under pressure from within: TOP 09, perhaps buoyed by their chairman's showing in the presidential vote, on Tuesday issued a demand that opens a fresh fissure in the government.

Nerve-wracking weeks ahead for Pardubice as decontamination work starts

Residents of the east Bohemian city of Pardubice could be in for an eventful few weeks, as workmen begin the delicate task of decontaminating an area surrounding the local Paramo oil refinery. The work itself would normally be fairly run-of-the-mill, except for the fact that there could be a number of unexploded bombs buried in the ground from the Second World War.