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Spa and Wellness Tourism in Poland - A New Geographical Analysis

Widawski Krzysztof ()
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Widawski Krzysztof: Department of Regional Geography and Tourism, Institute of geography and Regional Development, University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland

Czech Journal of Tourism, 2017, vol. 6, issue 1, 69-92

Abstract: The aim of the paper is to present the situation of the spa resorts in Poland from the geographical point of view, emphasizing especially the tourist context of their existence. This article firstly deals with the brief history of spas in Poland and the definition of the phenomenon, presented in the Polish literature and legal acts. The main part of the paper presents the geographical analysis of the phenomenon: spatial distribution of the activities allowed by law, localization concerning the different kind of landscapes that accompanies the spas, natural and curative resources and the medical treatments based on their potential. In addition, the tourist context analysed with the support of the statistical data of the accommodation units, tourist sand its preferences, and health tourist establishments in the spa resorts and its usage is also crucial. The perspectives of the spa tourism development in Poland concerning the potential and obstacles are presented.

Keywords: Spa; tourism; geographical analysis; health tourist establishments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I13 L83 Q26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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