The paper contains the findings of a survey conducted in national parks in Poland. The research was addressed to the managing authorities of national parks (board of directors and organizational structures providing access for tourism). The survey deals with the perception of national parks in terms of three categories: recreation system, tourism product and tourist facility development. The findings enabled a detailed analysis of respondents’ attitude to the above mentioned categories and they were grounds for drawing conclusions concerning tourist and recreational use of national parks in Poland.
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