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Tourism in Poland

Tourism in Poland

Poland recorded a total of 89 m tourists in 2019, ranking 7th in the world in absolute terms.

Without including the size of a country, such a ranking list may not be very meaningful. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Poland, the result is much more comparable picture: With 2.3 tourists per resident, Poland ranked 45th in the world. In Eastern Europe, it ranked 3rd.

Poland generated around 15.71 bn US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 2.6 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 23 percent of all international tourism receipts in Eastern Europe.

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The most popular cities in Poland for international travelers are Krakow and Warsaw. In 2019, Krakow ranked 82nd among the world's most popular cities with 2.91 m tourists. Warsaw was in 86th place with 2.83 m tourists.

Tourism in PolandOn average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 155 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Poland spend as much as 176 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Poland from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Poland each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 10 countries in Eastern Europe.

Tourists per year in Poland

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 6.93 bn USD, or about 4.9 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 82.24 m tourists at that time and roughly 84 USD per person. Within 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 15.71 bn USD, accounting for 2.6 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 178 USD for his holiday in Poland.

Tourism receipts in Poland per year

All data for Poland in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
201988.52 m15.71 bn $2.6 %178 $
201885.95 m15.57 bn $2.7 %181 $
201783.80 m13.93 bn $2.6 %166 $
201680.48 m11.92 bn $2.5 %148 $
201577.74 m11.16 bn $2.3 %144 $
201473.75 m12.69 bn $2.3 %172 $
201372.31 m12.24 bn $2.3 %169 $
201267.39 m11.70 bn $2.3 %174 $
201160.75 m11.47 bn $2.2 %189 $
201058.34 m10.04 bn $2.1 %172 $
200953.84 m9.89 bn $2.2 %184 $
200859.94 m12.90 bn $2.4 %215 $
200766.21 m11.73 bn $2.7 %177 $
200665.12 m8.15 bn $2.4 %125 $
200564.61 m7.16 bn $2.3 %111 $
200461.92 m6.50 bn $2.5 %105 $
200352.13 m4.73 bn $2.2 %91 $
200250.74 m4.97 bn $2.5 %98 $
200161.43 m5.12 bn $2.7 %83 $
200084.52 m6.13 bn $3.6 %73 $
199989.12 m6.50 bn $3.8 %73 $
199888.59 m8.32 bn $4.8 %94 $
199787.82 m9.05 bn $5.7 %103 $
199687.44 m8.76 bn $5.5 %100 $
199582.24 m6.93 bn $4.9 %84 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.

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