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DOI:10.5593/SGEM2013/BE5.V2/S21.012

ECONOMIC, TOURISTIC AND THERAPEUTIC POTENTIAL OF NATURAL WATER SPRINGS IN SLOVAKIA

P. Cuka, T. Rachwal
Tuesday 6 August 2013 by Libadmin2013

References: 13th SGEM GeoConference on Ecology, Economics, Education And Legislation, www.sgem.org, SGEM2013 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-05-6 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 16-22, 2013, Vol. 2, 89 - 96 pp

ABSTRACT

Slovakia belongs to the countries with the richest fresh ground water supplies in Europe. There are 1200 mineral and thermal springs in 600 localities. One of the significant issues is their economy-ecology management in the frame of valid legislation and at the same time their effective use for healthy, recreational and regeneration purposes. The study presents the analyses of those natural sources. The research was conducted using the model aquaparks in Poprad and Podhájska, as well as Brusno spa. We recommend to improve marketing for the selected target groups of domestic and foreign clients respecting the reality of the Slovak travel trade. The final part presents main conditions for the development of aquapark and spa industry and potential implications for environment and socio-economic spatial structures.

Keywords: water resources management, spa and wellness tourism, aquapark, spa, tourism product