Although between 700,000 and 1.5 million foreign visitors (goście zagraniczni) are expected in Poland during Euro 2012, Poland’s tourist industry (przemysł turystyczny) says the championships are a mixed blessing (mieszane błogosławieństwo).
The organization of the European football championships will bring both short and long term effects for the Polish tourism industry.
Over the next 2 to 3 years, the organization of Euro 2012 should bring a noticeable increase in the interest of foreign tourists to Poland.
This will contribute positively to the development of infrastructure (rozwój infrastruktury), such as airports (lotniska) and connections to city centers (połączenia do centrum miast), motorways (autostrady) and express roads (drogi ekspresowe) and public transport (transport publiczny).
But soaring hotel prices during Euro 2012 have left many with empty rooms during the championships.
In some hotels, even five-star, only 30 percent of the rooms have been reserved.
A similar situation observed in Austria four years ago [when Austria and Switzerland co-hosed the championships] but this was not taken into consideration when setting price levels.
Many Poles have put off plans to travel within Poland until after the matches are over in early July. I will be traveling in Poland during that time, so I will have my personal experience, which I will share with you in July!
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