Thursday, September 03, 2009

Tourists abandon Poland

The global finance crisis has eaten into the number of foreign tourists coming to Poland, particularly from the United States.

Five and a quarter million foreigners visited Poland in the first half of this year, which is 16 percent less than in the same period in 2008, according to the Institute of Tourism.

Only 90,000 Americans visited Poland, a drop off of 27 percent between January and the end of June, 2009.

The majority of travelers - three million - came to Poland from western Europe, a 12 percent decline.

Most foreign tourists were German (2, 01 million) well ahead of the British (210, 000), the Dutch (170, 000) and Italians (110, 000).

As far as visitors from Poland’s Eastern neighbours is concerned, most came from Ukraine then Belarus and Russia.