The studies focus on analysis of chosen conditions of tourism development in mountain rural areas. The article presents studies which covered mountain rural communes of the sląskie province. A total of eight communes were analyzed in view of tourist traffic (Istebna, Jelśnia, Koszarawa, Milówka, Rajcza, Ślemień, Ujsoły and Węgierska Górka), of which only six were selected for further analysis because statistics did not reveal any persons using sleeping facilities in two of them (Koszarawa and Ślemień). The analysis was conducted to determine priorities for extension of technical and economic infrastructure for special purposes in the field of tourism. Analysis of the directions of changes concerns technical and economic infrastructure for special purposes in the field of tourism, including sleeping facilities, catering businesses, health resort infrastructure and tourist infrastructure. On the basis of the analysis it may be stated that a factor inhibiting tourism development in all communes, except Rajcza is the state of health resort facilities. The most backward district in this respect is Milówka. Here, in order to activate tourist traffic extension of sleeping facilities and objects of tourist infrastructure is recommended in the first place. In comparison with the other communes, accommodation facilities are best developed in the Ujsoły district, therefore this district should in the first place undertake to build tourist infrastructure and develop catering services. In Węgierska Górka district (like in Jeleśnia) objects of tourist infrastructure developed to certain extent, but the situation of sleeping facilities and catering services is somehow inhibiting tourism development in this district.
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