Directions for tourism development until 2015

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On 26 September 2008 the Council of Ministers, pursuant to the motion of the Minister of Sport and Tourism, adopted a governmental document Directions for tourism development until 2015.

The document’s main assumption is the approach to tourism as a sector which is closely connected to numerous developmental processes ongoing in the country and which should thus be shaped in harmony with Poland’s other socio-economic development objectives. The document underlines not only the need for cohesion of measures taken but also the synergies between tourism and the country’s natural environment, culture, social development, infrastructure, etc. According to its assumptions, making Poland an attractive destination for domestic and foreign visitors will result in tourism becoming an important tool for the socio-economic development of its individual regions.

“Directions for tourism development until 2015” will contribute to building a strong foundation for the country’s tourist economy. The document formulates the Polish government’s obligations towards harmonious and sustainable development of the country’s tourism sector and indicates measures to be implemented by all entities engaged in the development of tourism, such as local governments, non-governmental organisations, enterprises, tourism industry organisations and academic circles.

On macroeconomic scale, the implementation of the “Directions…” clearly contributes to the implementation of the EU strategic objectives laid out in the renewed Lisbon Strategy as well as the priorities of the National Development Strategy 2007-2015, the strategic objective of the National Cohesion Strategy 2007-2013 and the priorities of the National Reform Programme 2005-2008.

The primary objective of the “Directions…” is to ensure legislative, institutional and financial framework and human resources conducive to socio-economic development of Poland and to increase the competitiveness of the country and its regions while preserving their cultural and natural assets.

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