Popular Polish destinations look forward to more Chinese tourists
2017-06-28 10:13 | Xinhua

  Polish popular tourist destinations, including Zakopane at the foot of Tatra Mountains, have looked forward to attracting more Chinese tourists.

  It came after the recent signing of a tourism cooperation agreement between Poland and China during the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in May.

  Zakopane in the southern part of the Podhale region near the border with Slovakia, is one of Poland's most popular resort towns in the summer.

  "Upon arriving to Zakopane, one can immediately feel its unique atmosphere, see the typical wooden architecture, enjoy hand-made craft items, traditional dishes and folk music,"a German tourist who comes to Zakopane each year, told Xinhua.

  Every year, around 2.5-3 million tourists visit Zakopane and nearby Tatra Mountains. In 2016, the Tatra National Park saw record visits of 3.5 million tourists, according to the park's statistics.

  "We are almost full booked throughout the whole season," said a receptionist at one of Zakopane's biggest hotels,"We know Chinese people like nature and travel more recently, we really wish more of them can come to our region!"

  Attracting tourism from China is also a major aim of Poland. According to Polish Central Statistical Office, the number of Chinese tourist using accommodation facilities in the first half of 2016 was 33.4 percent more than that in the same period a year before.

  Opening a foreign center of the Polish Tourist Organization in 2015 and a visa application center in 2016, both in Beijing, aimed at promoting the cooperation of Poland and China in the tourism section.

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