UEFA Euro 2012 sees tourism surge in host nations
With the tournament now underway, tourism officials in both Poland and the Ukraine a reporting a surge in interest among international visitors.
Poland opened the event with a 1-1 draw with former winners Greece at the National Stadium,Ã‚Â Warsaw, on Friday evening in front of over 56,000 supports from across Europe.
The Ukraine will open their campaign against France at the Donbass Arena, Donetsk, this evening.
Whatever the result of that match, both host destinations are already winners, reporting a flood of visitors in the opening days of the competition. Hundreds of thousands more are also expected before the final, on July 1st inÃ‚Â Kiev.
Alongside the capital, three Ukrainian cities Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Lviv, Donetsk, and Kharkiv Ã¢â‚¬â€œ are looking forward to welcoming large numbers of football fans from all over Europe over the coming weeks.
Supporters from as far afield as Sweden, France, Portugal, Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands are expected in Ukraine for the group matches, joining thousands of sports fans from the host nation.
Boryspil International Airport received some 87,220 passengers during the first three days of the event, 18 per cent more than the same period last year. Read full story here.