The rejuvenated Polish city of Katowice isn’t exactly thronging with tourists at the best of times, let alone in this strange autumn. But I was glad to be back; on my previous journey, it was still under state communist control, eking out an existence as part of the Silesian petro-chemical complex. Today, it is thriving, energetic and an ideal antidote to the picture-postcard perfection of nearby Krakow.
After a diligent trudge from museum to Art Deco church to war memorial, I sipped a cappuccino in Black Woolf Coffee & Books (stylish, friendly and highly recommended on your next trip to southern Poland). But I knew I could not stay long. The figures I was following showed Poland was soon to join the UK government’s no-go list.
International tourism has collapsed worldwide but the slump has been especially brutal for Britain. At the start of 2020, travel was one industry in which the UK was truly world-beating. But a combination of absurd government decisions and simple negligence has brought airports and airlines, holiday companies and travel agents, to their knees.
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