The Stags are Back

With the złoty dropping in value compared to the pound since winter, it’s no surprise that British visitors have begun coming back to the city after a lull throughout 2008. According to Gazeta Wyborcza, tourism from the British Isles peaked in summer 2007, followed by a major downturn that saw a painful slump for many businesses in 2008. Now that the pound is five to one against the złoty again, those planning stag dos are once again considering the city a cheaper alternative to staying home. However, while certainly many hotels and restaurants in the Old Town are happy about the tourists’ return, city authorities continue to encourage visitors to enjoy Krakow as a cultural destination, and not a place of “cheap tourism of abundant alcohol and partying.”

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