This article describes the changes that have made in (1989) as regards the participation of the
inhabitants of the Polish national tourist travel, short- and long-term. Showing the dynamics of the
phenomenon and the trend of having regard to the number of tourists, the number of journeys, the
average number of trips per person and the average length of stay. The analysis uses the results of
surveys (on a representative nationwide sample of) carried out by the Institute of Tourism.