Jarkko Saarinen

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

Marek Więckowski, Jarkko Saarinen

Geographia Polonica (2019) vol. 92, iss. 4, pp. 369-377
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0154

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Abstract:

This paper outlines the general context of tourism, and the changes it underwent, in the Central and EasternEurope (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 privatisation 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.

Keywords: Tourism, transition, post-communism, Central and Eastern European countries (CEE), development, European Union

Marek Więckowski [marekw@twarda.pan.pl], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences Twarda 51/55, 00-818 Warsaw: Poland
Jarkko Saarinen [jarkko.saarinen@oulu.fi], University of Oulu Department of Geography P.O. Box 3000, FI-90014, Oulu: Finland

Tourism Geographies: Connections with human geography and emerging responsible geographies

Jarkko Saarinen

Geographia Polonica (2014) vol. 87, iss. 3, pp. 343-352 | Full text
doi: https://doi.org/GPol.2014.23

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Geographical study of tourism has a long history and well-established relationship with human geography. The purpose of this paper is thus to discuss the role and nature of tourism geographies in relation to humangeography, by focusing on connections/disconnections between the fields. The issue of responsibility, representing one of the latest major focal points in geographical tourism studies of tourism, is also overviewedin relation to sustainability. It is concluded that, although the field of tourism geographies has become versatileand closer to the conceptual and theoretical understandings of human geography, there are increasin gprocesses challenging the academic production and circulation system of international tourism geographies, which scholars need to deal with.

Keywords: tourism, tourism geography, sustainability, responsibility, academic capitalism

Jarkko Saarinen [jarkko.saarinen@oulu.fi], University of Oulu Department of Geography P.O. Box 3000, FI-90014, Oulu: Finland