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Protected Areas: Geotourist Attractiveness for Weekend Tourists Based on the Example of Gorczański National Park in Poland

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Institute of Geography and Regional Development, University of Wrocław, pl. Uniwersytecki 1, 50-137 Wrocław, Poland
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Faculty of Physical Education, University School of Physical Education in Wrocław, al. Ignacego Jana Paderewskiego 35, 51-612 Wrocław, Poland
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Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Liberec, Studentská 2, 461 17 Liberec, Czech Republic
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Department of Sports and Outdoor Activities, College of Physical Education and Sport PALESTRA, Slovačíkova 400/1, 197 00 Prague 19, Czech Republic
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Resources 2020, 9(4), 35; https://doi.org/10.3390/resources9040035 (registering DOI)
Received: 1 February 2020 / Revised: 22 March 2020 / Accepted: 23 March 2020 / Published: 25 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geoheritage and Geotourism Resources)
The aim of the publication was to assess the geotourist attractiveness of protected areas in Poland among weekend tourists based on the example of Gorczański National Park. The park location near urbanized areas makes it an attractive field for research on weekend tourism development. The tourist potential of the park is presented, starting from geological aspects and geotourist values. Then, the tourist potential was analysed, with a focus on geotourist resources, which include tourist trails and didactic routes. The tourist traffic volume was also examined. On the basis of legal documents, such as nature conservation plans, threats related to tourism development in protected areas were presented as indicated by park managers. In accordance with the Act on Nature Conservation, the threats are divided into four groups: internal existing and potential threats and external existing and potential threats. The tourists’ opinion on the geotourist attractiveness of the park was investigated with surveys conducted during selected weekends significant in the context of tourist traffic volume. Thus, a profile of people visiting the park for short stays was obtained, as well as their assessment of the tourist resources of the area, with particular emphasis on geotourist values.
Keywords: geotourism; protected areas; weekend tourism; tourists’ opinion; national parks geotourism; protected areas; weekend tourism; tourists’ opinion; national parks
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Widawski, K.; Oleśniewicz, P.; Rozenkiewicz, A.; Zaręba, A.; Jandová, S. Protected Areas: Geotourist Attractiveness for Weekend Tourists Based on the Example of Gorczański National Park in Poland. Resources 2020, 9, 35.

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