Institute of Geography, Pomeranian Pedagogical University in Słupsk,
ul. Partyzantów 27, 76-200 Słupsk, Poland
in the Baltic regions is considered an important factor of social and economic
development of regions of touristic reception.
Undisputable influence of tourism is observed in Baltic locations, especially
those connected with providing backpack holiday offers and facilities. However,
is it possible that tourism might generate development of local communities
located some distance from the sea? This kind of assumption was included in the
long-term plans of development of the city of Lębork.
The present paper is an attempt to find an answer to the question if there are
conditions to make tourism as important as other spheres determining social and
economic growth of the city. In order to answer the question the author of the
present paper carried out an empiric research into the issue of tourist traffic in Lębork,
analyzing perception of the city by the tourists visiting the city. A detailed
analysis showed specific concurrence of ideas concerning investment and touristic management plans prepared by the authorities with
expectations of tourists. Therefore, one can expect that Lębork
will become an important touristic center in the following years.
tourism, Baltic coastal regions, city management