Tourism - the Way to International Rapprochement
For the last ten years Polish nationals have been travelling a lot abroad, and nearly all of them for tourist purposes, holidays and on business. The image of a Polish tourist has decidedly changed for the better.
Millions of foreign visitors come to Poland every year. Many of them travel on business and are delegated by cultural or scientific institutions. The greatest improvements, however, are due to the changes in Polish tourist industry. There are more and more hotels and pensions of high and medium standard in Poland’s major tourist centres such as Cracow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Poznan, Lodz, Olsztyn, Torun, Kolobrzeg, and many other attractive tourist destinations. At present, Poland can offer limitless opportunities to those who wish to spend a fabulous holiday or weekend.
Tourist infrastructure is continuously developing – there are more border crossings and transportation links; Polish cuisine is highly regarded by international gourmands; holiday centres are provided with swimming pools, ski-lifts, golf courses, and water sports equipment – the list of tourist facilities is long.
Beautiful Baltic Sea coast, lakelands with hundreds of lakes, dense forests, scenic mountains, historical cities, artistic events, excellent conditions for active rest – all these advantages attract tourists from different European countries, especially from Germany.
Tourism in contemporary Europe is an important branch of national economy. It is also a way of international rapprochement; tourism promotes tolerance, mutual understanding, and teaches respect for other nations’ heritage.