Geographia Polonica (2020) vol. 93, iss. 3

Spatial diversity of tourist facilities in the Silesian Beskid mountains in Poland

Anna Żemła-Siesicka, Viacheslav Andreychouk, Urszula Myga- -Piątek

Geographia Polonica (2020) vol. 93, iss. 3, pp. 397-419 | Full text
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0180

Abstract

This article proposes a method of the assessment of distribution of tourist facilities. The main aim of presented study is to assess a spatial density of tourist elements. The evaluation of the distribution of tourist facilities in the landscape allows to indicate overloaded areas. The second purpose is the proposition of an indicator measuring the landscape saturation of tourist facilities, i.e. density index developed by the authors. The index, referred to river basin, is based on the ratio of the area of the tourist facilities to the total area of the unit. For the purposes of calculation, the authors developed a framework for the classification of tourist facilities based on its spatial character. The method was examined in the Silesian Beskid mountain range and can be applied in similar mountain areas.

Keywords: Silesian Beskid, tourist landscape, tourist facilities, human impact on landscape, index of tourist facilities density, impact of tourist facilities on landscape

Anna Żemła-Siesicka [anna.zemla-siesicka@us.edu.pl], Faculty of Natural Sciences University of Silesia Będzińska 60, Sosnowiec: Poland
Viacheslav Andreychouk [w.andrejczuk2@uw.edu.pl], Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies University of Warsaw Krakowskie Przedmieście 30, 00-927 Warszawa: Poland
Urszula Myga- -Piątek [urszula.myga-piatek@us.edu.pl], Faculty of Natural Sciences University of Silesia Będzińska 60, Sosnowiec: Poland