Stag party tourism
Stag party tourism is tourism for the purpose of being a participant of a stag party, also called a bachelor party, usually held in another country. Destination stag parties are especially popular with Britons, with Eastern Europe often being the preferred destination.
- Central Europe and the Baltics – Central Europe is becoming increasingly popular due to the cheap prices and variety of stag activities on offer with destinations such as Budapest, Prague, Riga and Krakow rising in popularity. There are a number of companies now specialising in trips to venues such as Prague and Krakow as stags look to head to Central Europe for their stag do. In Krakow alone 9 million visitors came in 2012, with a number of these being stag or hen parties. It is Prague however which was listed in a BBC 3 documentary as the most popular stag do destination.
- Amsterdam – Amsterdam is popular due to its short flight times from the UK and also the relaxed laws regarding marijuana. Amsterdam’s red light district is also a popular destination for stag parties, with the Daily Mail listing Amsterdam as the third most popular destination for stag parties.
- UK – Many people also opt to have their stag party in the UK. There are a number of activities available all over the UK, with a number of different companies offering packages including all aspects of the stag weekend in this destination.
- Spain – If people want nice weather then they head to Spain with many people citing the good weather as a reason to visit. Spain is also seen as the most popular hen party destination, with the Daily Mail listing it as the number one destination for hens.
Despite bringing in a lot of money to the economies of the stag party destinations, there are also a number of people who say that it has a negative impact. In November 2014 the Archbishop of Krakow released a statement urging the people in the city to join him in a month of prayer to help the city’s “spiritual renewal” and that it had been “defaced by debauchery and drunkenness”
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- Smith, Craig S. (8 May 2007). "British Bachelor-Partiers Are Taking Their Revels East". The New York Times. Prague. Retrieved 2012-03-17.