Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Signs of intelligent life on earth: Tourism in Poland drops

From: NPE
Tourists are spending less money in Poland this year, but some are still finding it a good place for an inexpensive holiday.
According to a report in Rzeczpospolita, tourists are spending one fourth less this year than last, with the number of foreign visitors dropping to 11.8 mln in 2009, a level not seen since the mid-1990s.

The decline in numbers is due in large part to the financial pains being felt throughout Europe, especially in Germany. The number of Germans visiting Poland in the first nine months of this year dropped by 10 percent to 3.4 mln, and those who do come are spending less.

The situation appears to be stabilizing, but the recent rise in the value of the zloty is hurting "shopping tourism" from both Poland's Eastern neighbours and from Western European countries. "A strong zloty has caused some tourists to cancel their trips to Poland, just like in 2008," said Krzysztof Lopacinski, head of the Tourism Institute.