Academic journal article European Journal of Tourism Research

Tourism in Borderlands-Multiaspect Study of Development

Academic journal article European Journal of Tourism Research

Tourism in Borderlands-Multiaspect Study of Development

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Tourism in Borderlands-Multiaspect Study of Development. Kazimierz Obodynski, Jerzy Kosiewicz, Wojciech J. Cynarski (Eds.) Publisher: Podkarpackie Towarzystwo Naukowe Kultury Fizycznej Rzeszow 2007. Paperback. 202 pages. ISBN 978-83-89721-19-8

There are great books that change the way you feel about a topic and give you great insights into a topic in which you have an interest. This is not one of them. On the other hand, the book should be of interest and value to those interested in how tourism in Poland is progressing and want to see a recent sampling of the scholarship from Poles in the field of tourism. While most of the twenty-five articles are written in English, eight articles are written in Cyrillic script, presumably Russian. For those of us who do not read Cyrillic, the eight articles are impenetrable and this is a major strike against the book. Another drawback is that many of the articles are a bit hard to read because of awkward English or grammatical errors.

The book, like many now on the market, is an edited book that is the outcome of a conference. However, the conference was rather recently held in Poland (March 2007) on tourism in the Carpathian region, meaning that the data used are "fresh." The book itself is divided into three distinct parts. The first part is composed of twelve articles about agritourism and health tourism in the border areas. The second part consists of eight articles on the protected areas in the Carpathian region. The third part consists of five articles that do not neatly fit into the other two categories and deal with issues such as tourism education, gender, and ethnography.

While it would be difficult to assess each of the articles in the book, there are some that stand out as especially noteworthy. For example, Kielbasiewicz-Drozdowska and Pluta's article on women and their leisure time choices offers an insight into the sociology of Polish women and how they think about leisure. Kwiatkowski and his coauthors performs a SWOT analysis on a community in Poland that can give insight into how Poles perceive the capabilities of parts of their country for agritourism development and the impediments to such development. Póltorak and Warchol, in their piece on the social and economic contexts in which tourism can develop in the Carpathian region, analyze the major impediments to tourism development in the Podkarpackie province. …

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