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August 13, 2008   
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  • Gregory Uszycki has been appointed general manager of the Sofitel Victoria Warsaw. He was previously with the Novotel Airport Warsaw. Uszycki has taken over from Jean Cadars, who will be Sofitel's director of operations for the North of Morocco region.
  • Six WDA member tour operators-Allegro, Orbis Travel, Mazurkas Travel, Varsovia Tours, Supertour, and Stay Poland-together with the WDA, will organize a study tour in October for foreign convention organizers. All the partners will work to promote Warsaw as an attractive and professional destination for business tourism.
  • The Polish-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce (PPCC) has become a member of the WDA. The WDA will help promote Portuguese companies in Warsaw and across Poland. The PPCC stands for what is good in Portuguese and Polish business and culture.
  • Go Warsaw (GOwarsaw.eu), which has recently joined the WDA, is a Warsaw business tourism website. It has been built up by expats living in Warsaw. Its aim is to save you time and maximize opportunities and pleasure during your stay in this vibrant Central European capital. The Go Warsaw website, in tandem with the WDA's own website, will create an important business tourism research tool.
  • DTZ is the WDA's newest member. The company is a leading global real estate adviser and consultancy firm with more than 12,500 staff worldwide with offices in 150 cities across 45 countries. DTZ is also one of the largest real estate advisers in Poland after a merger with Donaldson in July last year. Operating in Poland as DTZ since 1994, the company employs 165 staff and provides services to leading multinational companies, major financial institutions, developers, investors, and government institutions.
  • A white-collar workout charity run known as RatRace will be held at Warsaw's Skaryszewski Park Sept. 7. This will be a great opportunity to help youngsters disabled through accidents return to an active life. There are around 2,000 such accidents in Poland every year. RatRace entrants will be placed in teams of four, representing a company, club, school or institution, or groups of friends and acquaintances. Office clothes are required, sport shoes allowed. The WDA is a partner of this event.
  • MultiFest helps you find out about Warsaw's rich cultural life and spend your time in an attractive, inspiring and unforgettable way. The MultiFest Warsaw Calendar of Events website is a joint project by the Warsaw City Office and the Warsaw Destination Alliance with the support of The Warsaw Voice. It is a comprehensive register of cultural and entertainment events for the capital's residents and visitors, including foreign tourists and businesspeople, providing easy access to Warsaw's cultural highlights, events and attractions.

Over 4 Million Business Travelers
More than 4 million foreigners come to Poland on business every year. Twenty-seven percent of all foreign visitors to Poland come on business and 18 percent for recreation, according to a report by the Polish Institute of Tourism.
More than half of the foreign businessmen come back to Poland at least two times in one year on business. Business visits increased by 300,000 from last year, and their average stay is two days. Germans, Russians, Belarusians and Ukrainians are
the most frequent visitors to Poland.

Warsaw Cheap for Culture Vultures
A survey by the UK Post Office Travel Service has found Warsaw to be the cheapest of 10 "cultural capitals," with London rated as the most expensive.

For an around $150 price tag tourists can enjoy a three-day trip including visits to Warsaw's historic art galleries, museums and heritage sites, together with nights at the renowned Polish National Opera, ballet and a symphony concert. The experience cost less than 25 percent of the equivalent London cost (around $617).

The survey measured the cost of admission to the three top museums or galleries and three heritage sites, and tickets to an orchestral performance, opera and ballet. Prague, Lisbon and Amsterdam also fared well in the survey, compared with Rome, Berlin, Paris, Barcelona and New York.

The cultural highlights of Warsaw include the Polish National Opera, the Warsaw Uprising Museum, the Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Wilanów Palace, the Old Town Market Square, and the Palace of Culture and Science.

New York was ranked the second most expensive city in the survey, after London, and Barcelona was ranked third.
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