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The performance of the travel and tourism sector in Poland has strengthened since the 2009 global financial crisis, with an increase in the number of visitors, both domestic and international, as well as expenditure by tourists. The relatively stable state of the economy, promotional activities by the tourism authority and the hosting of international events supported this growth. Poland co-hosted the Euro 2012 football championships, during which it was visited by over 677,000 fans from over 120 countries. New venues were built for the tournament and infrastructure was developed on a large scale. Tourism has a significant role to play in the Polish economy in terms of contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) as well as employment. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the tourism sector contributed 5.0% to the total GDP, and 4.9% to total employment in Poland in 2012.