Published on : Wednesday, March 1, 2017
This year, Gdańsk has been selected in the European Best Destinations 2017 contest. This competition is continuing in the same way for the past 8 years. Its run by a Brussels based tourism organization. The main participants for this year were: Porto (1st place), Milan (2nd place), Gdańsk, Athens, San Sebastian, Sozopol, Vienna, Stari Grad, Basel, Madrid, Rotterdam, Rome, Paris, Bonifacio, Wild Taiga and others.
From more than 170 nations, 426,000 votes were cast for three weeks. Gdańsk, alone received nearly 47,000 votes, being the only candidate from Poland and a favorite in countries like Denmark, Norway and Germany. It’s also very popular among voters from Spain, Portugal, and Japan. Gdańsk might experience a 15% growth in tourist traffic, considering previous contest scenario. A rich history of more than thousand years and unusual positioning between East and West Europe makes Gdańsk a distinctive location in the map.
Furthermore, Gdańsk changes every day as few days back it was in the centre of events that changed the history of Europe. In August 1980, a major strike in the Gdańsk Shipyard headed by Lech Walesa marked as a great social movement and seized attention of millions. However, Today’s Gdańsk is a modern city with European style, centre of culture, entertainment, science, and sport, a sought-after destination for the travelers.