Our observations indicate that Polish tourism is growing in an uncontrollable fashion. If a given tourist attraction works in one place, it is copied in many other venues which does not always work equally well there. Often a single attraction is built (e.g., a vantage point), but it does not encourage tourists to stay in a given location for longer. Unification of sightseeing attractions across the country blurs local identity and cultural distinctiveness. We wish to discover the potential of selected communes and help their inhabitants make the best use of it.
Together with local organisations in four communes, Lichnowy (Żuławy Wiślane), Kurzętnik (Ziemia Lubawska), Dukla (Beskid Niski) and Niemcza (Dolny Śląsk) we will organise a participatory process to develop strategic vision of the development of local tourism.
Once we have conducted local diagnosis in each commune, we will organise trips to discover interesting venues. During these excursions locals will have an opportunity to have a closer look at tourist attractions of their regions and seek the best ways to promote and protect them. Based on that, we will propose the vision of tourism development for each commune. We will consult it with inhabitants and will gather their ideas. In each commune we will organise a tourist council attended by representatives of local authorities, local institutions and organisations, people working in the tourist sector and local entrepreneurs. They will jointly work on the vision of development for their commune, considering the perspective of each side, and opinions gathered during previous initiatives.