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I Love Western Masuria!

I was born in Gdynia, a city I love as one can only love a thriving young city by the sea… And yet, since September 1981, so for well-nigh thirty years now, my ‘small homeland’ has been the village of Gierzwałd in the Commune of Grunwald. It was here that I grew into to volume after volume of poetry and book after book related to my life’s passion, tourism and ecology. Over the years, I have belonged to myriad associations which aimed to stir up an awareness amongst ourselves, the local authorities and visitors to Masuria that it has been granted us to live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. For many a newcomer to the region, sharing Masuria with visitors from all over the world becomes a genuine mission.

I presided over the activities of the Warmian-Masurian Agritourism Association for several terms of office. Working for over a dozen years on a voluntary basis with the first organisation of its kind in the region and one of the first in Poland, I saw several spectacular European Union-funded projects through to fruition and worked together with some phenomenal rural tourism leaders, all of which was a tremendous learning experience and gave me enormous satisfaction.

It is with great delight that I have now undertaken the leadership of an organisation which numbers among its members leading lights of the Polish hotel sector, some extraordinary driving forces from local authorities, renowned restaurateurs and creative entrepreneurs from a variety of sectors. This is a group of people linked by their involvement in tourist-related services and unceasingly engaged in launching new ideas and concepts, opening up our region to the ever growing numbers of people who readily and happily visit Ostróda, its communities and its glorious countryside.

Not long ago, the Western Masurian Tourism Organisation, or ZLOT (Zachodniomazurska Lokalna Organizacja Turystyczna) for short, celebrated its fifth year in action. The former President, Henryk Orfinger, now serving as Vice-President, laid out the directions for our association’s growth and created a set of modern principles for collaboration between the many institutions and businesses responsible for the development of tourism in the region. This has given us all the potential to act together under future leaders, turning excellent ideas and concepts into reality, be they for joint promotion or for the joint establishment of new tourism initiatives.

It is with the greatest of pleasure that I now invite everyone with a love of change for the better and everyone who is interested in the development of Western Masuria, along with all those who wish to spend a holiday, or, indeed, who live in its myriad beauty spots, to join us and play an active role in the work of the Western Masurian Tourism Organisation.

Mariola Platte

President ZLOT

 

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