TOURISTIC FUNCTION AN IMPORTANT SPHERE
OF DEVELOPMENT OF MEDIUM SIZE TOWNS LOCATED
IN THE BALTIC REGION
(ILLUSTRATED BY AN EXAMPLE OF LĘBORK)

 

Wioletta Szymańska

 

Institute of Geography, Pomeranian Pedagogical University in Słupsk,
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Partyzantów 27, 76-200 Słupsk, Poland

 

 

Abstract

 

Tourism 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. 

 

Key words: tourism, Baltic coastal regions, city management