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1 Czech Republic one of the Visegrad 4 : European Quartet Czech Republic one of the Visegrad 4 : European Quartet

2 Czech Republic A few basic facts on the country Tourism attractiveness and opportunities Trade Shows – bvv.cz Studyin.cz Business and economy

3 Czech Republic – in the centre of Europe Area: km 2 People: 10.5 million Language: Czech Currency: Czech Krown, CZK GDP: 3.8 trillion CZK (purchaser price)

4 Czech Republic – the story Slavonic nation in the Central Europe with ancient history and legends of kings, later part of the Habsburg empire and since 1918 of Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia Czech Republic Economic and political transformation in Czechoslovakia started in 1989 with the Velvet Revolution, later Czechoslovakia split in two countries by their mutual agreement and the Czech Republic came into being on January 1st, In 2004 it joined the European Union. Since 2007 in the Schengen visa area.

5 – Tourism in Numbers Czech Republic – Tourism in Numbers Travel and Tourism generates 2.7 % of GDP of the Czech Republic Arrivals 6.7 mil. and overnights 19.4 mil. (2011) The Czech Republic leads among the Visegrad 4 Arrivals from South Africa to the Czech Republic grew from 3 th. in 2005 to 6.2 th. in 2011 and a South African visitor stayed on average 2.5 nights (2011)

6 Prague and much more Czech Republic – Prague and much more Prague 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Czech Republic, one of them the capital Prague 82 % of South African visitors to the Czech Republic go to Prague

7 Prague and much more Czech Republic – Prague and much more More Czech UNESCO World Heritage sites Telč Český Krumlov Lednice-Valtice Kutná Hora, St. Barbora ChurchHolašovice Gardens of KroměřížTřebíč, Jewish quoter The Green Mountain (Zelená hora) Litomyšl Chateau

8 Prague and much more Czech Republic - Prague and much more Karlovy Vary Spa with hot mineral springs – there are many. Karlovy Vary remains the most famous throughout the centuries. In July it hosts KVIFF.

9 Prague and much more Czech Republic - Prague and much more Active holiday Opportunities for an Active holiday in the country are plentiful and rewarding: biking, walking trails, rafting, winter fun sports.

10 Czech Republic – thematic visits glass making Take part in a glass making workshop or taste the local cuisine while watching glassmakers at work: Ajeto, Nový Bor

11 Prague and much more Czech Republic: Prague and much more Conferencing and MICE tourism booming ! Several trade show grounds - in Prague and other cities Brno hosts regional trade events: -International Travel Trade Fair (Go) and International Fair on Regional Tourism (RegionTour): January -Salima (food), Vinex (wine): February -MSV International Engineering Fair, Welding: October –Styl and Kabo (fashion): February and August - and many others!

12 Czech universities with programmes in English

13 Czech Republic Now: about business and trade

14 Czech Economy - good ratings AA-, outlook stable (2012) A+, outlook stable A1, outlook stable (7/2013) Czech trade reflects strong industrial tradition Czech trade with the world % Manufactured goods and articles18 Machinery and transport equipment55

15 Czech Republic ´ s Major Sectors Power engineering (coal, nuclear & hydro) Machinery (machine tools, turbines) Mining technology Transport vehicles and automotive components Iron and Steel (forgings, castings) Electrical and Electronic equipment Software and Telecoms Glass industry Medical equipment Biotech, Nanotech Food processing industry Beverages/beer

16 Trade Czech - South African Trade South Africa is the No.1 trade partner on the African continent for the Czech Republic since 2004 Trade is varied, substantial role e.g. Automotive supplies SAB-Miller, Mondi, Napster and Bidvest are the South African investors in the Czech Republic Bilateral Trade turnover might reach new record in 2013

17 Traditional Czech brands Established in 1895, the family business of Laurin and Klement in Mlada Boleslav originally produces bicycles, motorcycles and, starting in 1905, automobiles. The company merged with Skoda Plzen in 1925 and grew rapidly. In 1991 Skoda Auto became part of the Volkswagen concern. Today it sells over 550,000 of its Fabia, Octavia, Superb and Roomster models each year. Over 80% of these cars are exported to more than 90 countries around the world. It is the country´s key exporter and a major player in the sector; others are e.g. Hyundai and Toyota/Peugeot/Citroen. Skoda Auto Mlada Boleslav, a.s.

18 Traditional Czech brands Beers like Pilsner Urquell, Gambrinus and Radegast can be purchased in about 50 countries around the world. Beer brewing has a long tradition in Plzeň (Pilsen), dating back to the founding of the city at the end of the 13th century. The trademark Pilsen Beer was registered with the Plzen Chamber of Commerce and Trade in 1859; the new trademark Prazdroj Urquell was created in The joint-stock company was established in the 1990s and in 1999 it became part of South African Breweries plc. Plzensky Prazdroj, a.s. - member of the SABMiller group

19 Czech Republic ´ s Cape Town footprint

20 Thank you! Contact details: Ivana Klimova Embassy of the Czech Republic in Pretoria Tel.: +27 (0) ,


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