Number of arrivals in tourist accommodation Poland 2006-2018

In 2018, Poland recorded about 34 million arrivals. This was the highest number of arrivals at tourist accommodation in Poland in the observed period, with an increase of over 16 million arrivals since 2006.

Tourism in Poland 

The collapse of communism in Poland started a period of tourism development for the country. From this moment Poland became a tourist destination on the travel map of Europe. Its greatest development however has taken place since Poland's accession into the European Union. Openness to the European market has sped up the development of tourism and the hotel industry in Poland. The country lacks some of the values preferred by most tourists to become the tourist center of the region (e.g. lack of warm sea). However, globalization of the Polish economy creates a favorable environment that generates conditions for participation in international tourism and recreation. This is a positive trend that affects the growth of interest in tourism in Poland. Travel expenses have also become an important part of the Polish household budget. In 2017, overall spending on outbound and domestic travel reached its highest value since 2014.

The development of the Polish tourism and recreation market is related to the participation of foreign visitors. Their number is growing every year, coming mainly from other European countries, . The opening of borders within the EU created an advantage for tourism in Poland as it opened the country up to a wider international market. Not only was the quality of their tourist offering noticed but also their competitive prices, which made it an increasingly popular destination among foreigners.  The development of tourism is not only confirmed by the growing number of tourist arrivals but also by the growing number of recreational, health, wellness and spa visits. The increase in tourist traffic and travel expenditure shows that Poland is an attractive place for family, social and shopping visits, by residents and foreign visitors alike.  

Hotel capacity in Poland

Over the last few years, the Polish hotel market has maintained a very good economic situation. Year by year, statistics on the number of Polish and foreign tourists and the hotel room occupancy rate confirmed that Poland is a good choice for investors. It is not without reason that the number of hotels and available bedrooms is growing steadily in comparison with previous years.

Number of arrivals in tourist accommodation in Poland from 2006 to 2018

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Release date

November 2019



Survey time period

2006 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Includes foreign and domestic arrivals.
Tourist accommodation includes hotels, holiday and other short stay accommodation, camping grounds, recreational vehicle parks and trailer parks (NACE Rev.2 1551-1553).

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