The Government of the Republic of Lithuania approved the Trakai Resort Area by Resolution No 945 of 24 September 2008 "On Granting the Status of a Resort Area to the Town of Trakai". The status of the resort area was approved in accordance with the plan of the boundaries of the territory of the Town of Trakai.

In terms of administrative affiliation, the Trakai Resort Area falls within the boundaries of the Trakai District Municipality, the Trakai Municipality and the Trakai Historical and National Park Authority. The organisation and management of the activities of the Trakai Resort Area is the responsibility of the Trakai District Municipality, which, in order to achieve the optimal solutions for the efficient use and development of the Trakai Resort Area, has to combine the other institutions operating in the area, namely the Trakai Historical National Park Directorate, the Trakai Eldership, and the Trakai History Museum.

On 26 February 2010, at the VIVATTUR international tourism, sports and leisure exhibition, the National Spas Association, an official member of the European Spas Association, held a congress, where it was unanimously decided to accept Trakai District Municipality as a member of the Lithuanian Resorts Association. The status of Trakai as a resort area has increased the competitiveness of spa tourism, given that tourists and visitors have a wider choice of wellness and active and cultural recreation services, and increased the diversity of tourism services and attractions, thus reducing the impact of seasonality on tourism development. It also creates new jobs and focuses local people on providing quality traditional and new tourism services.

Although Trakai was only officially granted the status of a resort area on 4 October 2008, the town has been recognised unofficially by the people since ancient times. The natural resources of Trakai, which are suitable for various types of tourism and recreation, are based on natural and some anthropogenic or merely anthropogenic landscape elements (ponds, parks, etc.) and combinations of such elements, such as plantations, water bodies, aesthetically valuable landscape complexes, which are formed by the combination of the above-mentioned landscape components of varying expressiveness. The abundance of all of the above- mentioned groups of resources creates real opportunities for their use for professional, cognitive, active, cultural or simply recreational tourism. Forests are considered to be one of the most important therapeutic factors in Trakai, with coniferous forests accounting for as much as 87 %. The town is surrounded by forests and lakes on all sides and the air is extremely clean, thanks to its "green lungs". Trakai has a rehabilitation centre of national importance of the Ministry of the Interior and a rehabilitation team capable of providing spa treatment. There is also a water amusement park, which offers wellness, water treatment (SPA) services (herbal treatments, Dead Sea salt baths, etc.) and accommodation services.

Lithuanian resorts and resort areas

There are currently four resorts in Lithuania: Birštonas, Druskininkai, Neringa, Palanga

And five resort areas: the areas of Anykščiai, Trakai, Zarasai, parts of the villages of Strigailiškis and Palūšės in Ignalina, and the territories of the towns of Kulauta, Kačerginė, and part of the town of Zapyškis.

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