Polish tourist organisations appeal to PM for assistance

The winter holiday, which used to be spread across different provinces at different times to ensure the maximum activity in tourism and the economy, will be wrapped up into a single period on January 4-17, 2021. Grzegorz Momot/PAP

Polish tourist organisations have appealed to the prime minister for measures to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their sector, which, they warned, is in a dramatic situation.

Several Polish tourist organisations sent a letter to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Health Minister Adam Niedzielski, in which they wrote that the restrictions announced on Saturday "in practice, liquidate the winter tourist season."

On November 21, Poland relaxed some restrictions and allowed shopping centres to reopen from November 28 but decided to keep restaurants, fitness clubs, cinemas, and theatres closed at least until December 27. Hotels are only available to business travellers. The winter holiday, which used to be spread across different provinces at different times to ensure the maximum activity in tourism and the economy, will be wrapped up into a single period on January 4-17, 2021.

"The situation in the tourist sector is dramatic due to a lack of the spring season and very limited summer and autumn seasons," the organisations wrote in the letter obtained by PAP.

The authors of the letter asked the prime minister for an urgent meeting and cushion measures, which could calm down the market and make it possible for the tourist sector to cover the losses caused by the pandemic.