Cultural and sports events of a well-established reputation, as well as a rich offer of tourist attractions gather more and more visitors to Gdynia. Gdynia is also a city of industry meetings and an organizer of many thematic conferences. On the occasion of the World Tourism Day, the City Hall presented the data showing tourist flow in the city from January to September 2018.
This year, in nine months, Gdynia was visited by 2,491 thousand people. The City Tourist Information Center has already served over 65,000 tourists this year. Every year, the number of visitors to the city increases. It is influenced by the rich offer of cultural and sports events, which already have a large group of enthusiasts, but also properly designed policy of the city.
– We had something to enjoy in previous years, but this time it was even better. This shows that we have a strong potential and there is a lot to fight for, but it also indicates that our diagnosis to follow this and no other direction of the tourism market development was right,” says Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, vice-president of Gdynia. “Most of all, we want to offer our city as a city of meetings. We see the potential of the city in the organization of the industry tourism, in the organization of conferences and congresses, in the invitation of business here and in using the fantastic cultural and sports offer that has become a recognizable brand of our city in Poland and abroad – emphasizes the vice-president of Gdynia.
The popularity of the city is also influenced by its attractive location. The city centre adjacent to the beach and the marina is a perfect combination especially in summer months. Location and ferry connections allow tourist to reach the city quickly by sea. For several years, the city has been trying to include the former shipyard areas into the city centre, and thus expand the city centre area towards the sea. A new centre is being developed directly at the Gdansk Bay, which is to be inhabited by more than 10,000 people, the next one will work and spend leisure time here.
The most popular tourist attractions in Gdynia this year were – Gdynia Aquarium, Centrum Nauki Eksperyment, Dar Pomorza and Naval Museum. The Open’er Festival has been the most recognizable cultural event for many years, attracting 140,000 people to the city. This year’s Summer concert with Radio Festiwal at the end of summer holidays was also very popular and attracted about 110,000 people. However, the largest audience was attracted by this year’s Gdynia AreoBaltic powered by Lotos air BP, which was seen by 300,000 viewers.