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Infrastructure and organization used for improving the space-availability factor in the developing
Polish-Slovak tourist regions

The INFRAREGTUR project terminated by the end of June 2012.

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The development of tourism is a growing trend in modern society. It may even be one of the most characteristic features of modern civilization. Never before have people traveled so much and so often as now. Countries, various regions, and many specialized communities have joined in the global tourism movement. These particular areas intend to use tourism to support their own economic growth and development. However, a modern efficient transportation system is necessary if tourism is to flourish. Currently, the development of the transportation infrastructure and adequate availability of space are the basic conditions for the growth of not only tourism, but most areas of the economy. Accessibility, along with the benefits of tourism are the key factors to economic success based on tourism.

It is important, therefore, to recognize the tourist availability of those border regions and centers which are considered to be domestic and cross-border systems. Such information is crucial for the further development of tourism in the area. Increasing or improving accessibility usually increases the attractiveness of a region for tourists. Poor availability or deterioration may cause the marginalization of entire regions and localities. Tourists then leave for regions which are more accessible, better developed, organized and with higher quality services. Economic development, including tourism, is effectively reduced. Modern development of networks and overall regional development must be based on a detailed analysis of availability which optimizes the transportation network system. The Polish-Slovak border is especially worth focusing on. This is a cross-border region which is very predisposed to the development of tourism and to stimulating regional development. At the same time, this area shares the worst public transportation links because of the orographic barrier.

The analysis made on a variety of spatial scales for optimizing the transportation network system will allow the identification of bottlenecks, traffic congestion points and other limiting factors in transportation systems. The analysis could provide specific organizational and investment signals for improving the current situation.

Applying scientific knowledge to practical situations is necessary for economic development. After the analysis is completed, organizations and administrative planning and decision - making units as well as tourism will receive a unique tool for assessing the actual availability of spatial accessibility. The importance of spatial accessibility for tourism development and planning of infrastructure networks, especially transportation ones, will be included in the analysis. This gives rise to more efficient spatial planning according to the actual processes and needs. Spatial planning, therefore, is of primary importance in the various hierarchical levels of regional and spatial policy.

The main objectives of the project are to produce a series of meetings with regional and local authorities, training sessions, and publications (books and websites) to assist in the development and exploitation of the tourist potential on the Polish-Slovak border..