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Więckowski, M., Saarinen, J. (2019) Tourism transitions, changes, and the creation of new spaces and places in Central-Eastern Europe, 82 (4), 369-377.

Tourism transitions, changes, and the creation of new spaces and places in Central-Eastern Europe

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Author: Więckowski, Marek1; Saarinen, Jarkko2,3
Organizations: 1Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences, Twarda 51/55, 00-818 Warsaw: Poland
2Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, Room KE368-3, FI-90014 University of Oulu: Finland
3School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-02-11


This paper outlines the general context of tourism, and the changes it underwent, in the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) countries post-1990. The role of European Union enlargement is also discussed, allowing for an overall highlighting of the outcomes for tourism of the CEE countries’ political, administrative and institutional transformations. In essence, the development of transport systems and infrastructure have combined with the changing socio-economic conditions people experience to impact economically, socially and culturally — expanding the opportunities where tourism is concerned, as well as competition between countries and regions when it comes to attracting both tourists as such and investors. More specifically, the rapid privatisa-tion of state-owned assets ensured a major impact in changing and developing tourism in the CEE, with the communist/post-communist structural changes in general proving a crucial catalyst underpinning most of the changes noted. This paper further serves the function of concluding contributions making up this special issue, and thus seeks to outline new future directions by which tourism in the CEE countries can be researched from the perspective of human geography.

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Series: Geographia Polonica
ISSN: 0016-7282
ISSN-E: 2300-7362
ISSN-L: 0016-7282
Volume: 92
Issue: 4
Pages: 369 - 377
DOI: 10.7163/GPol.0154a
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Copyright information: © Marek Więckowski & Jarkko Saarinen © Geographia Polonica © Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization. Open acces article under the CC BY 4.0 license.