- Title: POLAND: EU MEMBERSHIP DRAWS GROWING NUMBER OF TOURISTS TO WARSAW.
- Date: 24th June 2004
- Summary: (CEEF) WARSAW, POLAND (RECENT - JUNE 18, 2004) (REUTERS) 1. OLD TOWN SQUARE FROM WINDOW 2. GROUP OF TOURISTS 3. MAN PLAYING ORGAN 4. ENTRANCE TO YOUTH HOSTEL 5. SIGN WITH HOSTEL NAME 6. PEOPLE ENTER ROOM IN HOSTEL 7. SOUNDBITE (English) ERIKA GUSTAVSSON, TOURIST FROM SWEDEN, SAYING: "I like it very much thank you. It's very friendly people and cheap beer and a very nice atmosphere." 8. ERIKA GUSTAVSSON AND FRIENDS DRINKING BEER 9. SKY MILLS, TOURIST FROM CANADA, TAKING A PHOTOGRAPH 10. SOUNDBITE (English) SKY MILLS, TOURIST FROM CANADA, SAYING: "I think it's beautiful, I like the reconstruction, I like history, so I find the reconstruction in the old way just wonderful, just wonderful." 11. MERMAID (SYMBOL OF WARSAW) STATUE 12. TOURIST TAKING PICTURE 13. TOURISTS FROM ASIA 14. TOURIST OFFICE AND TRAVEL AGENT, MAZURKAS TRAVEL 15. SOUNDBITE (Polish) ANDRZEJ BARTKOWSKI, PRESIDENT OF MAZURKAS TRAVEL, SAYING: "We have so-called cultural tourists, intellectuals. In the catalogues it's called exploratory trips. They want to see and get to know the culture of a country, to see the ancient sites." 16. HORSE CAB DRIVES BY 17. HORSE CAB DRIVES AWAY Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 9th July 2004 13:00
- Location: WARSAW, POLAND
- Country: Poland
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- Story Text: EU membership draws a growing number of tourists to
Since joining the European Union on May 1, Poland
has seen increasing numbers of European tourists cross its
borders to sample the cultural and historical heritage of
capital city Warsaw. North American tourists, too, perhaps
put off from more exotic locations because of the war in
Iraq, have been exploring the city.
Canadian tourist Sky Mills was drawn to Warsaw by its
"I think it's beautiful, I like the reconstruction, I
like history, so I find the reconstruction in the old way
just wonderful, just wonderful," she said.
Young people from Western European countries say they
are enjoying Poland for its relaxed atmosphere - callling
it a "young" European country.
"Very friendly people and cheap beer and a very nice
atmosphere," said Erika Gustavsson, a Swedish tourist
exploring the country with a group of friends.
On a weekday morning the old town square of Warsaw is
bustling with tourists from all over the world.
The Polish Tourist Organisation says around 13.6 milion
tourists visited Poland in 2003. Most come to see the
cultural and historical heritage of the country. Warsaw's
reconstructed Old Town is a big attraction.
In growing numbers tourists are also bookong trips
around the country, visiting castles and stately homes.
"We have so-called cultural tourists, the
intellectuals," said Andrzej Bartkowski, President of
Mazurkas Travel, one of the largest companies offering
attractions to tourists from abroad in Poland.
"They would like to really see and get to know the
culture of a country, see the ancient sites," he said.
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