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COVID-19, government’s decisions and impacts on tourism businesses



Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference XXIV. mezinárodní kolokvium o regionálních vědách. Sborník příspěvků.
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Economics and Administration

Keywords Government’s decisions; tourism business; pandemic COVID-19
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Description The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tourism is a widely discussed topic nowadays. However, this article does not address the global impact of the pandemic. The focus is on government’s decisions, which to some extent may be the cause of the impact on tourism. The government is responsible for setting specific measures to prevent the spread of the disease and is also responsible for implementing tools in order to eliminate the effects of the crisis and stimulate an economic and social activity. The aim of this article is to present an evaluation of government’s measures from the perspective of tourism entrepreneurs. The research focuses on the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Czech Republic, which hit the country in the spring of 2020. The respondents of the research were entrepreneurs in the catering and accommodation sector with their premises in Mikulov. Data were collected using electronic questionnaires. Their return rate was 27%. To complement the qualitative data of the research, an interview was conducted with a destination coordinator. The findings reveal that overall, entrepreneurs rated government’s measures as negative in the context of their business. Their economic result fell by more than 75% and they also recorded a significant loss of clientele. Entrepreneurs were very critical of the overall actions of the government, which according to them, created confusion. On the contrary, they assessed the government’s support positively.
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