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August 26, 2010   
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PTO Lends Name to Tourism Workshops
The Polish Tourist Organization (PTO), which is an active member of the Warsaw Destination Alliance, has lent its name to the Meet Poland inbound tourism workshops to be held in Warsaw Sept. 30-Oct. 1. The PTO is also a strategic partner of the event. The co-organizers of the workshops, which will feature travel agencies from more than 30 countries, are Inbound Tourist Forum, the Polish Hoteliers Chamber of Commerce, the Mazovian Division of the Polish Chamber of Tourism, TTG Event, and the Warsaw Chamber of Tourism.

The Polish Tourist Organization, together with its Polish Tourist Centers abroad, is engaged in recruiting foreign travel agencies interested in inbound tourism to Poland. The main aim of the workshops is to support Polish inbound tourism organizers in promoting and selling their services.

Warsaw City Tours From WDA Member
Jerusalem City Tour became a member of the WDA last month. Together with Egged Holdings, the company recently introduced their new project called Warsaw City Tour.

The project comprises a panoramic tour of Warsaw in a double-decker bus. The tour lasts 1.5-2 hours.
The Jerusalem City Tour company is responsible for the delivery of the project, including marketing services, equipment and programming. The company created a program that enables tourists to use an automatic computerized audio guide system. The audio guide includes information about tourist attractions, is available simultaneously in 12 languages and is controlled by a GPS system. Egged Holdings provides bus line transportation as well as technical support services and bus drivers in this project.

Artistic Photos at Yours Gallery
WDA member Yours Gallery is a unique place at 33 Krakowskie Przedmie¶cie Street in Warsaw that is dedicated to promoting the art of photography. The gallery was established in 2004 by World Press Photo winning photographer Tomasz Gudzowaty. This summer the Yours Gallery is showing works by Wojtek Wieteska. The exhibition features an ongoing project by the artist that he started in 1991.

Youth Career Initiative
A training program for young people known as Youth Career Initiative Polska will start for the sixth time in five-star Warsaw hotels Oct. 1. The training program is being conducted in cooperation with the Prince Charles Foundation, the “Open Door” Association and the following five-star hotels in Warsaw: Sheraton, Westin, Marriott, Radisson SAS, Hyatt, Bristol and Hilton. The hotels cover the cost of the program, including trainers, participants’ food, clothing and transport costs. The six-month training program comprises two parts: theory and practice, as well as computer workshops run by Microsoft and English tuition. The practical part of the program teaches all areas of hotel operations, while the theory includes self-presentation, savoir vivre, the basics of marketing and hotel management. The training is being provided by experts in their fields on a voluntary basis.

The program is conducted for young people who completed high school, did not take up higher education studies and are unemployed. The aim is to raise the professional qualifications of participants and create employment opportunities for young people in the hotel and hospitality industry.

City of Ruins
A new 3D film is being shown at the Warsaw Uprising Museum, which documents the 1944 uprising against German occupation in Warsaw and is a major draw for tourists and students from across the country and abroad. Last year, the museum had nearly 500,000 visitors. The six-minute film City of Ruins simulates the flight of an allied B-25 bomber of the type that flew sorties with supplies for the insurgents during their 63 days of the struggle that have become a symbol of Poland’s resistance to tyranny. Using historical images and records, it recreates a detailed cityscape as it was after the uprising in 1944, with bridges across the Vistula River destroyed and whole districts including the Jewish Ghetto completely leveled.

The film, which took two years to make, was created by 40 Polish historians and specialists

In July, WDA member hotels collected a total of zl.30,354 in voluntary levies from hotel guests. The total collected in 2010 so far is zl.208,507.
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