Over 16 mln foreign tourists visited Poland between Jan-Sept 2019 - minister

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In the first three quarters of 2019 Poland was visited by 16.27 mln tourists from abroad, an 8.2 pct increase on the same period from the previous year, the Ministry of Development reported on Friday.

The highest number of tourists visited from Germany, while the biggest growth dynamic was seen in the number of visitors from South Korea.

"Data from the first three quarters of 2019 look very promising," said Deputy Development Minister Andrzej Gut-Mostowy in Friday's communique. He went on to say that according to the prognosis for the whole of 2019, it looks like 2019 will have been a record-breaking year for the number of tourists visiting Poland.

The minister said that South Korea showed the biggest growth dynamic in tourism to Poland with the increase noted at 67.3 pct on last year's figure. He also pointed out the stable growth in the number of tourists visiting from member countries of the European Union, especially from the so-called 'old fifteen' countries, which made up almost 57 pct of all foreign tourists to Poland in 2019 - an increase of 5.3 pct on 2018.

"Good results from countries further afield are, in part, due to the dynamic development of PLL LOT's (Poland's national airline - PAP) network," said Polish Tourism Organisation President Robert Andrejczyk. He added that they are very important tourists as their average stay in Poland lasts longer than 16 days, during which time they leave over 5,500 PLN (EUR 1,300) per person in the country.