Presentation on theme: "Czech Republic one of the Visegrad 4 : European Quartet"— Presentation transcript:
1Czech Republic one of the Visegrad 4 : European Quartet
2A few basic facts on the country Czech RepublicA few basic facts on the countryTourism attractiveness and opportunitiesTrade Shows – bvv.czStudyin.czBusiness and economy
3Czech Republic – in the centre of Europe Area: km2People: 10.5 millionLanguage: CzechCurrency: Czech Krown, CZKGDP: 3.8 trillion CZK (purchaser price)Trade Investment Seminar with the Visegrad Group, Cape Town, 6 March 2012
4Czech Republic – the story Slavonic nation in the Central Europe with ancient history and legends of kings, later part of the Habsburg empire and since of Czechoslovakia.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, 1993.In 2004 it joined the European Union.Since 2007 in the Schengen visa area.
5Czech Republic – Tourism in Numbers Travel and Tourism generates 2.7 % of GDP of the Czech RepublicArrivals 6.7 mil. and overnights 19.4 mil. (2011)The Czech Republic leads among the Visegrad 4Arrivals 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)
6Czech Republic – Prague and much more 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Czech Republic, one of them the capital Prague82 % of South African visitors to the Czech Republic go to Prague
7Czech Republic – Prague and much more More Czech UNESCO World Heritage sitesKutná Hora, St. Barbora Church HolašoviceTelčČeský KrumlovGardens of Kroměříž Třebíč, Jewish quoterLednice-ValticeThe Green Mountain (Zelená hora) Litomyšl Chateau
8Czech Republic - Prague and much more Spa with hot mineral springs – there are many. Karlovy Vary remains the most famous throughout the centuries.In July it hosts KVIFF.
9Czech Republic - Prague and much more Opportunities for an Active holiday in the country are plentiful and rewarding: biking, walking trails, rafting, winter fun sports.
10Czech Republic – thematic visits Take part in a glass making workshop or taste the local cuisine while watching glassmakers at work: Ajeto, Nový Bor
11Czech Republic: Prague and much more Conferencing and MICE tourism booming!Several trade show grounds - in Prague and other citiesBrno hosts regional trade events:International Travel Trade Fair (Go) and International Fair on Regional Tourism (RegionTour): JanuarySalima (food), Vinex (wine): FebruaryMSV International Engineering Fair, Welding: OctoberStyl and Kabo (fashion): February and August- and many others!
12www.studyin.cz Czech universities with programmes in English
13Now: about business and trade Czech RepublicNow:about businessand trade
14Czech Economy - good ratings AA-, outlook stable (2012)A+, outlook stableA1, outlook stable (7/2013)Czech trade reflects strong industrial traditionCzech trade with the world%Manufactured goods and articles18Machinery and transport equipment55
15Czech Republic´s Major Sectors Power engineering (coal, nuclear & hydro)Machinery (machine tools, turbines)Mining technologyTransport vehicles and automotive componentsIron and Steel (forgings, castings)Electrical and Electronic equipmentSoftware and TelecomsGlass industryMedical equipmentBiotech, NanotechFood processing industryBeverages/beer
16Czech - South African Trade South Africa is the No.1 trade partner on the African continent for the Czech Republic since 2004Trade is varied, substantial role e.g. Automotive suppliesSAB-Miller, Mondi, Napster and Bidvest are the South African investors in the Czech RepublicBilateral Trade turnover might reach new record in 2013
17Traditional Czech brands Skoda Auto Mlada Boleslav, a.s.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.
18Traditional Czech brands Plzensky Prazdroj, a.s. - member of the SABMiller groupBeers 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.