DEVELOPING TOURISM IN POLISH BALTIC REGIONS
ILLUSTRATED BY AN EXAMPLE OF THE COMMUNITY
OF USTRONIE MORSKIE

 

Eugeniusz Rydz

 

Institute of Geography, Pomeranian Pedagogical University in Słupsk,
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Partyzantów 27, 76-200 Słupsk, Poland
e-mail: rydz@pap.edu.pl

 

 

Abstract

 

Tourism has become one of the most important examples of human activities and this is the fact nobody can question. Contemporary people tend to have more and more free time, their economic status is relatively high, they have easy access to numerous unknown before areas and their thirst for experiencing something new and satisfying natural curiosity make them become interested in the surrounding world. The purpose of the present article is on the one hand describing the factors that influence considerably the development of tourism in the Baltic regions illustrated by an example of the gmina of Ustronie Morskie, and on the other hand presenting the tendencies of tourism trends and their evolution in the period of the recent 20 years. The article focuses on the period of social and economic transformations. Attractive location, picturesque views and interesting flora make the described area a perfect place to develop the whole infrastructure necessary to interest a great number of tourists. The present paper describes a group of villages located in the vicinity of the Baltic Sea: Ustronie Morskie, Sianożęty, Winiotowo and Olszyna. The biggest administrative unit is Ustronie Morskie (2030 inhabitants). After having completed the research, the results show that the best developed part of the described region is located between the Baltic shore and a railway line connecting Kołobrzeg and Koszalin.

 

Key words: coastal district, tourism settlement system, natural environment, touristic attractiveness, touristic movements, touristic infrastructure