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Kraków The Host City: Stories - Episode 10: Tourist attractions of Kraków

2022-06-15

The term ‘tourist attractions’ was first used in 1972 by Erik Cohen, a travel sociologist, in his thesis Towards a Sociology of International Tourism, claiming that it is the visiting of tourist attractions that constitutes a basis for mass tourism. There are numerous definitions of the term itself; however, the simplest explanation is that it is anything that may be of interest to a tourist. Therefore, we can ask ourselves, what could have been interesting to tourists arriving in Kraków in recent centuries?

50 years of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention

2022-06-15

This year marks the 50th anniversary of adopting the ‘Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage’ by the General Assembly of UNESCO. For this reason, on June 9th and 10th, the International Cultural Centre in Kraków will host a scientific conference with the participation of numerous European researchers.

Poland at the IMEX 2022 trade show

2022-06-14

'It's good to be back’ – this was the motto of this year’s IMEX trade show, during which the Polish Tourism Organisation was the traditional organiser of the Polish national stand (G440) and a promotional action called Destination Poland.

ASSOCIATION NEWS – Worldwide ICCA ranking 2021

2022-06-14

The report of the ICCA International Congress and Convention Association with a ranking of cities and countries was published on 30 May 2022, showing the number of association events in the world in 2021. Poland was ranked 18th, with 158 meetings.

Legacy Project Bank

2022-06-13

The term "legacy" in relation to the meetings industry means the heritage that an event leaves behind in the place where it is held. The interaction between the event and the city results in a kind of 'impact', which is not only seen in the context of the economic dimension, but more broadly: as the effect of the organisation of the event or meeting, changing the destination in which the project is carried out. It can influence the attitude of local decision-makers, and inspire local communities in almost every area of human activity.

Kraków The Host City: Stories Episode 9: Organising tourism in Kraków

2022-05-27

There were many organisations in Kraków which dealt with tourism. The most important of them were the Polish Tatra Society (Polskie Towarzystwo Tatrzańskie), the Kraków branch of the Polish Sightseeing Society (Polskie Towarzystwo Krajoznawcze), a branch of the League of Promotion of Tourism (Liga Popierania Turystyki), the Kraków Summer Association (Związek Letniskowy Ziemi Krakowskiej), the Kraków Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Krakowska Izba Przemysłowo-Handlowa), the Polish Tourist Organisation (Polski Związek Turystyczny), the Polish Balneological Society (Polskie Towarzystwo Balneologiczne) and the Polish Ski Association (Polski Związek Narciarski).

City Helpers will return to the streets of Kraków at the end of May

2022-05-25

The City Helpers pilot programme, carried out in the summer of 2021, enjoyed great popularity among tourists and Krakow residents alike. Providing information, promoting events and fostering responsible behaviour boosted the positive image of the city, showcasing it as a great destination. This year, City Helpers will be seen on the streets of Kraków from the end of May until the first days of September.

A game set in Krakow wins prestigious Polish video game industry awards

2022-05-25

We know the winners of the most prestigious Polish video game industry awards — the 2021 Digital Dragons Awards. Three of the awards went to The Medium, a game developed by the Kraków-based Bloober Team and set in a post-apocalyptic Kraków. The competition jury also recognised Here Be Dragons by Red Zero Games, Papetura by Petums and It Takes Two, proudly presented by Hazelight Studios. The official award gala took place on 16 May at the ICE Kraków Congress Centre.

An international campaign to promote Małopolska and Kraków

2022-05-24

Hospitality, diversity and openness to tourists: These are the key distinguishing features of Małopolska and Kraków, which are highlighted in the latest campaign to internationally promote the tourism offering of the region and its capital. The campaign was launched on 1 May as a joint venture of the Małopolska Tourist Organisation, the Małopolskie Voivodeship and the City of Kraków.

Revival of business tourism in the aftermath of the pandemic

2022-05-23

‘We are ready for a good start to the 2022 tourism season’, claim the representatives of the MICE industry in Kraków. Even though there is currently no shortage of bookings at conference venues and hotels, there is always room for more visitors, the organisers assure.

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