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Tourism in Post-Communist States
Central and Eastern Europe

Edited By

Piotr Niewiadomski

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ISBN 9781032423555
May 29, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
342 Pages

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Book Description

This book addresses tourism and its development in the post-communist context of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Although it has been over 30 years since many countries of Central and Eastern Europe embarked on the path of transition from state socialism to capitalism and liberal democracy, the ongoing atrocious events in Ukraine bluntly remind us that the perception of CEE as a ‘transition’ region may have been done away with too early and that the legacies of communism continue to influence the reality of the region. Tourism is no exception here. While on the one hand, tourism has significantly contributed to the post-communist restructuring of CEE, on the other, the communist heritage has played (and still plays) an important role in shaping the tourism geographies of the CEE region.

The book consists of 14 chapters (divided into two sections), a new introduction and a reflective concluding section. All 14 main chapters in this book were originally published in the Tourism Geographies journal. The aim of the book is two-fold. First, it summarises, distils and highlights the important and often ground-breaking contributions Tourism Geographies has made over the years to the debate on tourism in CEE. Second, it lays foundations for further research on tourism in the post-communist states of CEE. This book will be of great interest to upper-level students, researchers, and academics in various disciplines – human geography, politics, sociology, and tourism studies in general.

Table of Contents


Jarkko Saarinen

Introduction: Tourism development and post-communist transformations in Central and Eastern Europe

Piotr Niewiadomski

PART I - Tourism in Transition: From Problems and Challenges to Success and Prosperity?

1. Tourism patterns and problems in East Central Europe

Russell L. Ivy and Charles B. Copp

2. Troubled sustainability: Bulgarian seaside resorts

Marin Bachvarov

3. Gazing on communism: Heritage tourism and post-communist identities in Germany, Hungary and Romania

Duncan Light

4. Unpacking the local: A cultural analysis of tourism entrepreneurship in Murter, Croatia

Irena Ateljevic and Stephen Doorne

5. Ecotourism in post-communist Poland: An examination of tourists, sustainability and institutions

Agnes M.K. Nowaczek and David A. Fennell

6. Relationships between international tourism and migration in Hungary: Tourism flows and foreign property ownership

Sándor Illés and Gábor Michalkó

7. From 'Bricklaying' to ' Bricolage ': Transition and Tourism Development in Central and Eastern Europe

Derek Hall

8. Estonian tourism and the accession effect: The impact of European Union membership on the contemporary development patterns of the Estonian tourism industry

Jeff Jarvis and Piret Kallas

Part II - Advancing Post-Communist Change: Tourism as a Transformative Force

9. New places in old spaces: Mapping tourism and regeneration in Budapest

Tamara Rátz, Melanie Smith and Gábor Michalkó

10. Transforming tourism spaces in changing socio-political contexts: The case of Pärnu, Estonia, as a tourist destination

Jarkko Saarinen and Tiit Kask

11. Culinary tourism packages and regional brands in Czechia

Jana Spilková and Dana Fialová

12. International hotel groups and regional development in Central and Eastern Europe

Piotr Niewiadomski

13. Non-planning and tourism consumption in Budapest's inner city

Melanie Smith, Tamás Egedy, Adrienne Csizmady, András Jancsik, Gergély Olt and Gábor Michalkó

14. Hotel development through centralized to liberalized planning procedures: Prague lost in transition

Bálint Kádár


Final reflections: Whither tourism research in the era of (post-)post-communism?

Piotr Niewiadomski

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Piotr Niewiadomski is an Economic Geographer interested in the worldwide development of the tourism production system and uneven impacts of tourism on economic development, with a particular interest in Central and Eastern Europe. Piotr is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK).