UK groups concerned by flooding aftermath

UK C&I groups have expressed concern about travelling to Prague following the recent floods, despite the Czech Tourist Authority’s (CTA) assurances that things are returning to normal. The CTA insists most of the tourism infrastructure remains unaffected. Business Travel Team executive chairman Bob White said he had postponed a fam trip to the city this month. “While the waters will have gone down, the clear up will take time. Fam trips are meant to impress clients, and we agreed this wasn’t the right time,” he said. Grass Roots Group operations director Mark Taylor said while it did not have groups booked to go to Prague, the agency was receiving regular updates from DMCs. “We have a couple of enquiries for events there next year and clients have been concerned about the long-term effects as well as the immediate problems,” he said. Several hotels in Prague have been closed. The Hilton will remain shut until mid September and the Four Seasons was still closed at the time of going to press. Any C&I groups that have booked events at the latter can reschedule, have their deposits returned or relocate to another property. However, spokeswoman for the city’s Marriott and Renaissance properties, Lenka Juraskova, said the two properties were operating as normal. The German National Tourist Office has advised C&I groups to contact it before travelling to Dresden and areas on the River Elbe affected by floods. Dresden’s Kempinski, while not taking any bookings until the end of August, is reassuring groups that all events planned for October

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