As a result of cooperation between Polish Tourism Organisation, Wrocław City Office and Lower Silesia’s Marshal Office, in early October a group of twenty Dutch tour operators and agents explored the main highlights of Wrocław and the region of Lower Silesia (Dolny Śląsk).
Despite the pandemic, all participants of the trip enjoyed a safe and comfortable experience, which was made possible by the decision to book single rooms at Hotel Puro Stare Miasto, included on the Hygienically Safe Venues list compiled by (Polska Organizacja Turystyczna - POT), arrange meals in facilities guaranteeing safe distancing, and rent a spacious coach for touring the region. In addition, another good solution was to equip the group with audio guide sets with a range of 50 metres, enabling participants to keep safe distance between each other when sightseeing.
In Wrocław the group visited the Old Town with Ostrów Tumski, the Centennial Hall and the Japanese Garden, as well as the Africarium, the Hydropolis and the National Forum of Music. The company of the omnipresent Wrocław dwarf figurines ensured that unravelling the city’s mysteries was filled with a lot of fun. Moreover, Dutch guests certainly appreciated the opportunity to savour Polish cuisine in Wrocław’s top restaurants.
Among regional must-sees, the trip participants toured the Gross-Rosen concentration camp, the mysterious Underground City in Osówka, the enchanting Książ Castle and the widely acclaimed Church of Peace in Świdnica.
The trip aimed at staff of the De Jong Intra tour operator, which in 2019 made a city trip to Wrocław a part of its offer, and a travel agency selling Polish products offered by various tour operators succeeded in its mission of showing that clients should be encouraged to pay a visit to Poland and Wrocław.
“I am very happy I had a chance to visit Wrocław, an awe-inspiring city that we can definitely recommend to our clients wishing to discover brand-new destinations”, said Gita Timerman, Product Manager with De Jong Intra. “For most of us Wrocław was a great discovery, a surprising and highly impressive city break”, added Paskale Meji of The Travel Club agent association, which was represented in large numbers.
To reinforce the effect of the study trip, POT’s International Office in Amsterdam is now planning to develop a year-long training targeted at agents and dedicated to city trips to Wrocław and Poznań. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has recently (2019 and 2020) launched direct flights connecting Amsterdam with the two destinations.