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Wellness Tourism and Non-Productive Function of Forests

Szymańska Elżbieta () and Kalejta Joanna ()
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Szymańska Elżbieta: Białystok University of Technology, Faculty of Engineering Management,Białystok, Poland
Kalejta Joanna: School No. 6 them. Karol Brzostowski,Suwałki, Poland

Economic and Regional Studies / Studia Ekonomiczne i Regionalne, 2018, vol. 11, issue 2, 96-105

Abstract: Subject and purpose of work: The research problem is wellness tourism and its connections with forest economy. The main goal is to determine the mutual connections occurring between wellness tourism and forest economy. Materials and methods: The research was carried out in three stages using various methods: a comparative analysis of 39 spas, standardised inspections of facilities offering health tourism services and the selection of a facility being a model of good practice (case study). Results: The most important forms of the small tourist infrastructure offered to patients in forest areas are hiking and bicycle paths (92%), as well as horse trails and viewing points (about 50%). Cluster initiatives and cooperation with local governments and forest districts, consisting in joint promotion, are important. A diagram was developed, showing the interactions of forest economy and wellness tourism. Conclusions: Providers of spa services and State Forests are natural partners, yet the level of cooperation is low and mainly involves promotional activities. It is advisable to create a nationwide forest and sanatorium spa organisation that would coordinate activities in the field of forest economy to take advantage of tourism and health-promoting assets of forests.

Keywords: forest areas; functions of forests; forest infrastructure; health resort; wellness tourism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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