- The shortfall in foreign tourists’ expenditures has been partially offset by the tourism industry through the expenditures of domestic tourists
- Foreign guests, who are a minority in the Polish tourism movement, usually spend more in Poland than domestic tourists
- The decline in the number of COVID-19 cases and the more rapid lifting of restrictions from some countries may be a catalyst
- The problem may be the limited availability of accommodation facilities, which can hardly meet the needs of Polish guests
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But the Polish Economic Institute admits it Poland is a country with a low percentage of foreign tourists in total tourism movement حركةTheir number has been increasing systematically in recent years until last year, which was marked by epidemiological restrictions.
The number of non-resident arrivals to Poland decreased by 69.7% in 2020, and the number of nights sold to non-residents decreased by 64.5%. – Followed by the European Tourism Authority data quoted by PIE. The data for January 2021 was even worse: Compared to January 2020, the number of non-resident arrivals has decreased by as much as 94.3%., and the number of nights spent by foreign guests increased by 89.4% “- Analysts note in the latest issue of” Tygodnik Gospodarczy PIE “.
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Analysts note that the shortfall in foreign tourists’ expenditures has been partially compensated by the tourism industry through domestic tourists’ expenditures. Along with the increase in the number of foreign tourists, their expenditures in Poland have also increased, but it has also decreased significantly last year. Experts explain that the decline in tourism sector income due to the lack of foreign tourists is especially sharp, because Foreign visitors, who are a minority in the Polish tourism movement, usually spend more in Poland than domestic tourists السياح. It was noted that “last year was also exceptional in this respect, when, for the first time in many years, their expenditures were lower than those of domestic tourists due to the small number of foreign tourists.”
In the total number of foreign tourists using the residence base in Poland in 2020 Mostly tourists from Germany (797 thousand), Ukraine (206 thousand) i Great Britain (186 thousand). Among the remaining countries, the largest number of tourists came from Russia (75 thousand), Czech (73 thousand), from the United States (69 thousand) and France and Italy (64 thousand each) – PIE indicated, based on analysis of GUS data.
“Significant decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases and more rapid lifting of restrictions than in some countries And the stability associated with it may be an incentive to vacation in Poland for more foreigners than last year “- PIE believes. Poland is not in quarantine.”However, the problem may still be limited availability of accommodation baseWhich hardly meets the needs of Polish guests ”- he says.
Analysts admit it It is difficult to make an unequivocal assessment of how attractive Poland will be to a travel destination For people who have not been able to go on vacation for more than a year. “The 19th place in the travel and tourism competitiveness ranking among the European Union and 42nd out of 140 countries with an indicator of 4.2 on a 7-point scale does not give us a good competitive position against European leaders: Spain, France and Germany, as well as tourist countries such as Greece or Croatia Which ranks slightly better than Poland with an index of 4.5 “- according to their calculations.
In the opinion of experts Poland’s advantage in relation to these countries – despite inflation – is price competitivenessEspecially in light of the rising euro. They concluded that “in last year’s analyses, it was pessimistically assumed that making up for lost income due to a smaller influx of foreign tourists could take several years, and the current context allows for moderate more optimism in this regard.”