Occupancy of tourist accommodation establishments in March 2022 in the face of the inflow of refugees from Ukraine and the absence of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic

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In March 2022, 2.4 million people, including 1.8 million domestic tourists and 456.1 thousand persons from abroad, were accommodated in tourist accommodation establishments in Poland. Additionally, 163.8 thousand refugees from war-stricken Ukraine found shelter in accommodation establishments during this period.

In March 2022, there was an increase in the occupancy of tourist accommodation establishments in Poland compared with the same month last year. The increase in the number of tourists and their overnight stays was largely influenced by the lack of restrictions on the operation of accommodation establishments, which were in force in the first three months of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine caused a massive inflow of Ukrainian refugees into Poland. These persons, after crossing the border, found accommodation, inter alia, in flats and houses of private persons, specially adapted for this purpose places such as halls, gymnasiums, dormitories, as well as in tourist accommodation establishments. Both refugees seeking shelter in our country and persons treating Poland as a transit country found accommodation in accommodation establishments.