“The Beskid Is a Beautiful and Sought for Attraction of Our Region,” says Jan Krkoška, Deputy Governor of Moravian-Silesian Region. Projects of the local government make our region even more attractive. Mr Jan Krkoška has worked in spa care, pharmaceuticals, and tourism for all his professional career. He is the chairman of the Euroregion Praděd Tourism Board (Rada pro cestovní ruch Euroregionu Praděd), and he also makes the best use of his experience as the Deputy Governor of the MoravianSilesian Region for Regional Development and Tourism. The Beskid Mountains is a destination of visitors from our region and neighbouring areas too. Pustevny is extremely popular, with the reconstructed Libušín only to open in the end of the year. What attractions may a tourist expect in this year? The Beskid Mountains is a beautiful, attractive, prominent area of our region with 100 ǀ POSITIV 2/2019
a great share of our region’s tourist catalogue as well as in the increasing number of annual visitors to the Moravian-Silesian Region. We have recorded an annual increase of visitors by 10%, and we do our best to improve the infrastructure accordingly. We have implemented measures to protect the environment without a negative impact on those dependent on tourism. The area of Pustevny represents a perfect example: in close cooperation with the Government of the Zlín Region, the resort is being renewed to make efficient use of the facilities and area, similar to Lysá Hora, with great numbers of visitors. As Governor Deputy for Tourism, I am happier solving issues related to a very high number of visitors rather than the converse, not
knowing how to address more tourists. It is quite the opposite: we keep introducing projects, making our region more and more attractive. In 2019 a visitor to the Beskid Mountains may expect an extended network of electric bike rentals. Electric bikes will be available in Mosty u Jablunkova, Hrčava, Ostravice at the Freud Hotel, and Vendryně. The Beskid Mountains have also become the destination of caravanners who demand a good quality infrastructure. The i mportance of bikeways and charging stations for electric bikes is increasing too. What do you recommend to tourists involved in these activities?