June 16, 2014
The President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, paid an official visit to the Liberec region. His temporary home for two nights was the Art Nouveau building of the Clarion Grandhotel Zlatý Lev. The president and the first lady stayed in an elegant suite furnished in Art Nouveau style. "A number of statesmen and important guests have stayed in our presidential suite, they have appreciated mainly its calmness provided by the bedroom area and a separate lounge in contrast to their busy schedules. President Zeman was not an exception to them," said Miroslav Souček, hotel director at the Clarion Grandhotel Zlatý Lev.
In the past, this suite was used by President Václav Klaus as well as by almost all previous presidents including Mr and Mrs Zátopek and by Jacques Rogge, long-term president of the International Olympic Committee. Apart from receiving the complete daily press, the president had no special requirements and he also used the conference hall for meetings during his stay. On the first day a ceremonial dinner took place in the restaurant of the Clarion Grandhotel Zlatý Lev together with the Chief Executive of the Liberec Regional Authority and with business representatives, with a menu prepared by the head chef Petr Lieber. When the president was leaving, he followed a tradition and signed a commemorative book whose first edition dates back to 1906 and the hotel's grand opening by the emperor Franz Joseph I on the occasion of a Czech-German exhibition.
The president with the first lady Ivana Zemanová realised their three-day official visit to Liberec region from 9 to 11 June 2014. Miloš Zeman met Martin Půta, chief executive of the Liberec Regional Authority on the authority's premises and took part in a discussion with high-school students from Liberec. According to traditions, during his journey to North Bohemia he also visited all important district towns such as Hrádek nad Nisou, Nový Bor, Česká Lípa, Jablonec nad Nisou and he visited traditional companies producing goods typical of the region.