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The objective of this paper is to present a systematic overview on methods used for visitor monitoring in recreational areas. Emphasis is given on quantitative methods such as direct observation, video observation, counting devices and registration books. The various approaches are discussed with regard to practical, legal and organisational aspects, such as costs, maintenance requirements, dependence on infrastructure, risk of vandalism or suitability for remote and ecologically sensitive locations. As visitor monitoring can also be regarded as an interference with the privacy of the persons being monitored, ethical aspects of the application of the various methods must also be addressed. This article reviews the possibilities of using visitor monitoring in the management of a protected area using the example of the Moravian Karst Protected Landscape Area (PLA). The Moravian Karst is the largest and most significant Karst area in the Czech Republic. The disadvantages of visitor monitoring in protected areas are analysed in the discussion part.


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