BMI View: Poland has a well-established tourism industry, supported by a growing business travel sectorand robust domestic tourism market. The country benefits from a positive location in between key sourcemarkets in Europe and has an extensive transport network, including cross-border road and railconnections and growing air travel capacity. The hotel market has undergone significant expansion inrecent years, benefiting from Poland's openness to foreign investors as well as development in the run-up toPoland's hosting of major sporting events. Growth will persist through to 2021 as infrastructureimprovements are made in the hotel and air travel spheres, and regional economic growth boost Poland'smajor source market. However, uncertainty over EU growth and the outcome of Brexit are among the riskfactors for the market.
Key Updates And Forecasts
Poland had 34mn air passenger arrivals in 2016, up 12% on the previous year, with one-third of this totalcoming through Warsaw Chopin Airport. Plans were announced in March 2017 to relieve the airport witha EUR7bn project for a new air travel hub named the Central Polish Airport. Plans are at an early stage,and the airport is not expected to enter operations for more than ten years.
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