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Warsaw attracts more and more tourists

published: 2018-08-28 13:27, mlan
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The number of people visiting the capital of Poland in 2017 exceeded 25 million which means that the number increased by 24% in comparison to the previous year. The full data concerning tourist traffic has been presented in a recently published report entitled "Tourism in Warsaw."


We have recorded 16 million same-day visits and 9.7 million visits with overnight stay in Warsaw. An average visitor usually spends a little over four and a half days in the capital. As far as foreign visitors are concerned, Warsaw is most popular with Germans, Americans, and the British.

Warsaw has a wide variety of attractions for the visitors to enjoy. Such places as the Old Town, the Royal Łazienki, the Palace of Culture and Science, the Copernicus Science Centre, the Warsaw Rising Museum, the Royal Castle, or the POLIN Museum can boast a record-breaking popularity.
"Relaxation by the Vistula River is becoming increasingly more appealing. Tourists can enjoy a visit to modern boulevards, where they can take a stroll or go cycling. There are also beaches with spots for sunbathing and space for active recreation,” says Michał Olszewski, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw.

The Warsaw’s Praga District is also becoming more popular. Its authentic atmosphere, extraordinary cafés, and art galleries are the reason why Business Insider, an economy portal, ranked the district among "the coolest neighbourhoods in Europe", and Skyscanner, a travel portal, called it one of the best hipster spots in the world, together with Zbawiciela Square.
Tourists appreciate attractions, monuments, versatile food and dining options, and  cultural offerings, as well as newly established places. In addition, they perceive Warsaw residents as friendly people. They also declared willingness to come here again and would recommend Warsaw to their friends. Our city received a mark of 8.66 on a 10-point scale of attractiveness.

The previous year was exceptionally profitable for the tourist industry, including aviation. Over the last 5 years, the Chopin Airport recorded an increase in the number of passengers by 64%, with as much as 23% last year. In the 2017 summer season, tourists had the opportunity to come to Warsaw from 99 locations in Europe, 8 locations in Asia, 5 in South America, 4 in Africa, and 3 in the Middle East.

An increase in the number of visitors translates into an increase in the number of workplaces, and higher revenues for entrepreneurs. Moreover, surveys show that tourists are spending more money: on average, PLN 810 during one stay which is 10% more in comparison to the previous year. In 2017, the Japanese were found to be inclined to spend the most among the visiting nations (PLN 3.7 thousand on average), followed by the Americans (PLN 2.3 thousand). Warsaw's hotels, hostels and other hospitality establishments have provided accommodation 6.2 million times in total – an increase by 9% as compared to 2016.

Detailed information on the tourist traffic volume, the accommodation base, the most important Warsaw landmarks, and business tourism is available in Polish and English at https://warsawtour.pl/raporty-i-statystyki.
The report entitled "Tourism in Warsaw" was prepared by the Warsaw Tourist Office.


Attachments to download

  1. Tourism in Warsaw (file: tourism_in_warsaw_report_2017_key_data.pdf, file size: 63.71 KB)