1st Edition

Tourism in Post-Communist States Central and Eastern Europe

Edited By Piotr Niewiadomski Copyright 2023

    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.


    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


    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).