Tourist Attractiveness and Sources of Financing and Development of Tourist Infrastructure in National Parks of Podlaskie Voivodeship
Purpose: The aim of the study is to present the results of research on sources of funds in 2019 - 2020 for the development of tourism infrastructure, as well as existing problems with its construction and interest in park areas among tourists based on own survey research. The condition of tourist infrastructure, in addition to tourist values and attractions, most often determines the choice of a place to rest. Design/Methodology/Approach: The configuration and methodological requirements of the research process were based on own survey, available literature, observation and available data from national parks and forest inspectorates of Podlaskie voivodeship. Findings: The research will contribute to the formation of promotional strategies in individual parks, and increasing tourist traffic may influence the development of a given area and greater interest in the natural environment, and consequently the creation of new jobs for the local community. This is determined mainly by tourist infrastructure. The Directorate of the Wigierski National Park cares the most about the development of tourist infrastructure. In the Park tourist trails are created (walking, cycling, canoeing, skiing, educational trails), which aim to improve the physical and mental fitness, as well as the ecological and natural environment awareness of the visitors. The study shows that the development of tourist infrastructure depends solely on the potential of park management staff. Practical implications: Reliability and universality of research is becoming an absolute requirement at the present time and is a decisive argument for the effectiveness of analyses and evaluations. The research methodology presented in the study, due to its universality, can be used in any region, referring to the sources of obtaining funds for the development of tourism infrastructure in national parks in other voivodeships. Originality/Value: The given research methodology of the presented issues, is a comprehensive research based on pragmatic assumptions with the support of specialized literature and observations. It defines the scope and authenticity of the results in the presented topic.