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Warsaw makes billions from tourism

05 September 2017

POLAND The tourism industry’s contribution to Warsaw’s GDP was in excess of PLN 15 bln in 2016.

According to the Warsaw Tourist Office [SBT] 9.6 mln tourists came to the capital last year, including 2.7 mln foreigners. When those who did not book overnight accommodation are included, the number of estimated visitors rises to over 20 mln.

The largest group0 of foreign visitors was from the UK (12 pct) followed by Germany (11 pct) and France (7 pct).

“Warsaw is becoming more and more attractive as a leisure and business destination. Our city is not only clean and safe with good transportation but it is also has a lot of culture and entertainment. Tourists appreciate how much we have to offer and this creates real financial and benefits and improves the city’s image,” claims Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, the mayor of Warsaw. On average each tourist spent PLN 739 last year with Polish tourists spending on average PLN 402 and foreigners spending PLN 1482 (which is more that the minimum net salary in Poland). The city’s tourist industry now employs over 70,000 people. Polish tourists visiting the capital are most interested in seeing the Warsaw Uprising Museum (34 pct of those surveyed), the Old Town (26 pct) and the Royal Baths Museum (18 pct). Foreigners have slightly different preferences with the most popular attractions being the Old Town (48 pct), the Palace of Culture and Science (16 pct) and the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews (13 pct).

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