About Discovering Prague
WHO ARE YOU (THE MAIN ORGANIZER)?
My name is Filip Novak. I was born and grew up in Prague. I also lived in Brno, where I studied, and in England, where I worked. I’m the founder and owner of Prague Day Trips tour agency but have now dedicated myself full time to Discovering Prague.
WHY DO YOU ORGANIZE ALL THESE TRIPS AND ACTIVITIES?
Because I like it! By doing that I can pursue my diverse interests and use my skills. It gives me a buzz when people have a good time at my events!
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING IT?
Discovering Prague was founded on meetup.com in August 2014 and I became its organizer in April 2015.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU ORGANIZE EVENTS?
At least once a week, often 2 or 3 times per week.
WHAT IS THE GENERAL PROFILE OF PEOPLE ATTENDING YOUR EVENTS? DO I NEED TO KNOW THE LOCAL LANGUAGE (CZECH)?
People attending our events are international and multi-cultural. By July 2018, we‘ve had participants from 66 countries of all five continents! We use English as common language. Everyone is welcome regardless their nationality or creed. It is Discovering Prague’s culture to make everyone feel welcome and respected. Friendliness and community are important values for us!
IS DISCOVERING PRAGUE LEGALLY A BUSINESS OR A NON-PROFIT VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATION?
Discovering Prague is not a legal entity. However, I have a trade license (IČ) number 03861716 and as such pay taxes on all the proceedings from my events. Other people involved in the project invoice me.
I also hold a Tour Operator Licence (in Czech “koncese cestovní kanceláře”). This means that I am a qualified tourism professional and that all my trips longer than 24 hours are covered by Insolvency Insurance. This insurance guarantees 100% of your money back if the trip you paid for doesn’t go ahead.