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April 29, 2009   
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Workshops for NGOs
The Warsaw Destination Alliance together with the Polish Chamber of Commerce are organizing a series of workshops for non-governmental organizations. Under the slogan “Together we are stronger,” the workshops discuss ways of promoting Warsaw and Poland.

The first workshop, held at the Polonia Palace Hotel in Warsaw on March 18, discussed the construction of the National Conference Center next to the National Stadium in Warsaw. A second workshop was held on April 7 at the Hyatt Hotel.

External Service Radio Joins WDA
The Polish Radio External Service joined the WDA in March.

Previously known as Radio Polonia, the service first hit the airwaves in 1936. Part of Poland’s public radio network, its mission is to report on and promote Poland abroad. It reports on developments in Polish society, and on scientific, business and cultural news. The Polish Radio External Service provides news and information about Poland and Central and Eastern Europe. The station broadcasts news covering business and foreign investment in Polish and six other languages: English, German, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian and Hebrew.

New Poland Express
New Poland Express (NPE) is a new weekly magazine about Poland launched in April. The NPE will report on the most important news from around Poland and will be published every Friday.

The publication is an expanded version of New Warsaw Express magazine, which is a Warsaw Destination Alliance member.

No Threat to Euro 2012
Michel Platini, president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), said April 16 in Warsaw he could see no major problems in Poland that could stop the country hosting the Euro 2012 European soccer championships. A day earlier, Platini delivered a similar assessment during a visit to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, which is to host the tournament together with Poland.

Platini did not reveal which cities would host Euro 2012 matches. “Ukraine and Poland have to continue in their efforts,” he said in Warsaw. “Euro 2012 will be held in six or eight cities, but this number does not need to be divided equally between the two countries. It will definitely be Warsaw and Kiev. The other cities have to continue in their efforts.”

Platini added, “We have familiarized ourselves with the state of preparations in all the cities that have applied to host Euro 2012 matches. Now a report on all 12 will be drawn up. Based on that, the UEFA Executive Committee will decide in Bucharest May 13 which cities will be hosting the final tournament.”

Polish sports minister Mirosław Drzewiecki said, “We have presented six Polish cities to the UEFA president and we still hope that all of them will have an opportunity to host the tournament.” He added the most difficult period in Poland’s preparations for Euro 2012 was already over.

WDA City Fee Collection
In March WDA member hotels collected a total of zl.51,498 in voluntary levies from hotel guests.

So far this year a total of zl.145,375 has been collected.
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