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October 1, 2010   
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WDA Membership Benefit Cards
Warsaw Destination Alliance membership benefit cards have now been distributed to all the WDA members who had applied for either Platinum, Gold or Silver cards. The card holders are entitled to receive discounts from other WDA members. For example, WDA member hotels give a 15-percent discount for most food and beverage purchases. Other WDA discounts are listed at www.destinationwarsaw.com. More benefits will become available as WDA membership grows and new members sign up to participate in the benefit program.

The benefit card program aims to reward its members for supporting the WDA and promoting its Destination Warsaw program.

From October all WDA Gold members will receive 10 benefit cards for their use, instead of the current three.

EuropaProperty Investment Forum
The EuropaProperty Investment Forum was held at the Sobański Palace in Warsaw Sept. 16. This year’s forum, entitled “Back to Business,” discussed the growth of investment opportunities in Poland’s cities and regions. The forum enabled investors and developers to meet and discuss new investment opportunities and projects with city officials. The forum was followed by a cocktail party. The WDA supported the forum.

InterContinental Opens New Restaurant
Warsaw’s InterContinental Hotel, which is a member of the WDA, opened a new restaurant in the summer. The restaurant, called Platter, is run by Polish celebrity chef Karol Okrasa. It serves traditional Polish cuisine with a contemporary twist. The restaurant has an open kitchen concept whereby guests can watch the cooks at work.

This is Okrasa’s first Signature Cuisine project in Poland and features flavors from his childhood and from his many culinary journeys around the world. The menu will change seasonally, four times a year.

New Warsaw Tourist Information Center
Warsaw’s City Hall has opened its fourth tourist information center in the capital. The center is conveniently located in the Palace of Science and Culture. The entrance is from Emilii Plater Street, between the Museum of Technology and Kongresowa Hall.

Katarzyna Ratajczyk, Warsaw City Hall’s Promotion Bureau director, said the center replaces an information booth previously located at the central railway station. The new center has free internet access and provides information about the most important tourist and cultural attractions, historical places, transport and accommodation options in the capital.

Barbara Tekieli, City Hall’s Tourism Bureau director, said that more than 12,000 tourists, 60 percent of them foreigners, visited the center during its first month.

Other Warsaw tourist information centers are at 15/17 Krakowskie Przedmie¶cie Street, on the Old Town Market Square (Rynek Starego Miasta 19/21a), and at Warsaw’s Chopin Airport.

‘Meet Poland’ Workshops
More than 70 foreign tourist organizations took part in the Meet Poland tourism workshops Sept. 30-Oct. 1. The events aimed to support Poland’s inbound tourism organizers in promoting their services. Countries represented included Armenia, Brazil, Cyprus, Bahrain, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, the Philippines, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Israel, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Russia, the United States, Switzerland, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Hungary, Britain, Italy, and Belarus.

There were more than 24 organized meetings with foreign tourist organizations, and 2,500 individual bilateral meetings were held during the workshops.

Celebrating Chopin
As part of the Year of Chopin celebrations, the Australian SBS Youth Orchestra from Sydney will hold a concert at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. Entry is free. The program includes works by Chopin, Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn, Mary Mageau and Manuel de Falla, with Geoffrey Gartner conducting and Esther Kim at the piano. The WDA is one of the partners of the event.


WDA CITY FEE COLLECTION/LEVY
In August, WDA member hotels collected a total of zl.33,0674 in voluntary levies from hotel guests. The total collected in 2010 so far is zl.238,545.
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