As from next year Lithuanian State Department of Tourism and Polish Tourist Organisation undertake to work out a project, which will be designed to increase the flow of tourists and dedicated to glorious dead in the Battle of Grunwald (Žalgiris).
“This is a new project, during which the Lithuanian and Polish tourists will have an opportunity to visit and look at medieval castles, learn about national history and victory of Grunwald Battle,” – says Nijole Kliokiene, Director of the State Department of Tourism.
As from May 2010 tourists will be invited to attend the new route. Interested persons will have an opportunity to visit 10 tourist attractions in Lithuania and Poland. Concrete sites will be named at the International Trade Fair of Tourism, Sport and Leisure – “Vivattur-2010”, Vilnius. The project is going to be held in Vilnius, Trakai, Kaunas, Birštono, Alytus, Perloja, Seredžius, Merkine, Raudone, Kedainiai. However, in Poland it is going to be held in Gdansk, Malbork, Sztum, Kwidzyn, Olsztyn, Torun, Plock, Cracow and Grunwald.
The most visited tourist sites will be rewarded by the State Department of Tourism and the Polish Tourism Organisation, as well as the organizers of the project. Closing event of the project and awarding is taking place on September 27, 2010 – the World Tourism Day.
It is expected that this will be a long-term project between Lithuania and Poland. Coastal regions of the both countries are planned to be integrated in the project in 2011.
According to the tourism statistics of arrivals to Lithuania, Poland holds the second position. Data of the Statistics Department show that around 15.5 thousand Polish tourists were staying at one quarter hotels in Lithuania in 2009.