Transborder recreational tourism complexes (TBRTC) as a result of international collaboration


  • Zhanna Buchko Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University



Euro-Region, recreational tourism complex, tourism, transborder cooperation, transborder tourism


The paper discusses the notion of a transborder recreational tourism complex (TBRTC) as a geographic and as a wider multidisciplinary concept and describes such complexes within transborder tourism regions in Western Ukraine. A TBRTC is introduced as a spatial formation that arises within tourism-specific transborder collaboration. A TBRTC combines three necessary components: the entirety of all tourism-attracting resources in a specific transborder region; the travel-enabling infrastructure, including transborder-specific features like border-crossing checkpoints; and informational and coordination resources such as tour operating services and defined tourist routes. The paper explains basic terminology and key principles for formation and existence of TBRTCs. The authors start by explaining the unique characteristics of transborder tourism in Europe and in tourism-oriented formations called Euro-zones. A principal model of TBRTC is proposed, including the list of factors necessary for its formation, the key structural modules of a complex; and the causal connectivity map between these modules applied to different types of tourism. The concept of a TBRTC is illustrated using the example of the TBRTC forming in Bukovina-Bessarabia transborder region along part of Ukraine-Romania-Moldova border. This region offers multiple types of tourism activities, which translates into the emergence of a robust transborder tourism recreation complex that started forming in the late 1990s and continues to be shaped until this time.


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Author Biography

Zhanna Buchko, Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University

Zhanna Buchko, PhD is a professor and the Head of the Department of Social Geography and Recreational Nature Management of the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. Dr. Buchko’s interests in geography span from cartography to branches of economic geography related to geography of tourism. Her main areas of research are transborder tourism, ecotourism, ethno-tourism, and aesthetic potential of landscapes, primarily applied to border regions of Western Ukraine. She is a member of the Ukrainian Geographical Society.


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How to Cite

Buchko, Z. . (2021). Transborder recreational tourism complexes (TBRTC) as a result of international collaboration. Studies of the Industrial Geography Commission of the Polish Geographical Society, 35(3), 76–89.