Record numbers of tourists have visited Kraków this year. This means big money for local businesses.
A total of 13.5 mln people visited Kraków, Southern Poland, in 2018. A report prepared by the Malopolska Tourist Organisation reveals a healthy growth in numbers. 600,000 more people came to visit Poland’s second largest city compared to last year.
“There are many factors that led to this growth, but I am surprised. I thought that after World Youth Day in 2016 we would see slightly fewer tourists. But this didn’t happen. Kraków is ever-popular,” said Andrzej Kulig, Deputy Mayor of Kraków.
Tourism plays a big role in the city’s economy. This year alone guests visiting Kraków spent nearly PLN 6.5 bln and that is PLN 970 mln more than last year. This is a significant amount of money that can’t be overlooked.
“We hear some complaints that such a big number of tourists make life harder, but the report clearly shows that most of the locals are very happy about our visitors,” underlined Andrzej Kulig.
As many as 10.4 mln of these tourists were from other parts of Poland, 3.1 mln came from abroad. They name Wawel Royal Castle, Old City Square and the Kazimierz District as Kraków’s biggest tourist attractions.
Kraków came 13th on the Telegraph’s list of the world’s best cities, receiving praise for its cross-century architectural variety, the miscellaneousness of its venues and the accessibility of tourist attractions.