The City of Krakow conducted a study on the impact of tourism on the economy of the city in 2016. It is the first such analysis that presents a complex relationship between the volume of tourist traffic and the expenditure of tourists against the income of the city or the structure of employment of its inhabitants. According to research, in 2016 the visitors of Krakow spent a total of 5.48 billion zlotys. The average Polish tourist left in the city 306 PLN, and foreign – 914 PLN.
In the tourism sector and in related businesses there are 40.5 thousand employees, ie over 10 % of working inhabitants The total value of gross salaries in the entire tourist industry amounted to about 873.5 million PLN, and after taking into account indirect and induced effects it reached 1.25 billion PLN. The city's income from taxes and fees paid in 2016 by the tourism industry amounted to over PLN 170 million.
The impact of World Youth Day, held in Krakow last July, was also assessed. According to research results, the pilgrims left in Krakow PLN 472 million, of which PLN 13 million went directly to the city budget in the form of taxes and fees.
The analysis shows that the share of tourism in the GDP of Krakow is over 8%.
More than 4,000 people participated in the survey.