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Poland Popular with Foreign Tourists
October 27, 2011   
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The number of foreign visitors who spent at least one night in Poland in the first half of this year was 1.9 million, 7.3 percent up on the first six months of last year, according to the Institute of Tourism.

The increase is expected to be even sharper in the second half of this year owing to the summer season, when more tourists usually visit Poland. The Institute of Tourism estimates that throughout the year, the total number of foreigners staying in Poland for several days and those paying one-day visits to the country will rise above 13 million, 6-7 percent more than last year’s total of 12.4 million visitors.

The figures from the first half of the year show that visits by tourists to Poland have been rising faster than the world average. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, a total of 440 million arrivals took place around the world between January and June. Compared to the first six months of 2010, the figure rose by 19 million, or 5 percent.

Most foreign visitors to Poland were from Germany—488,600 of them stayed at Polish hotels, motels and boarding houses in the first half of the year. The total was 1 percent higher than in the first half of 2010 and was far ahead of the number of British tourists who at 156,700—4 percent down from last year—came in second. The number of Russian visitors spending a night or more in Polish hotels increased sharply to 130,000 (up 38 percent), as did that of Ukrainians (25.5 percent up) and Belarusians (38.6 percent up). In all three cases, this surge can be attributed to a relaxation of cross-border traffic regulations.

The Institute of Tourism estimates that foreign tourists will spend a total of around $4.5 billion in Poland this year.
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