GREECE HEALTH PROTOCOL DURING COVID-19

  • Khemtis Salamat Srinakharinwirot University
  • Supawit Sangdararat Srinakharinwirot University
  • Kavin Chiajirasin Srinakharinwirot University
  • Naphat Kanjanaphan Srinakharinwirot University
Keywords: Traveling, Covid-19, Greece, Santorini, Protocol, Tourism industry

Abstract

Since 2020, tourism has been extremely affected by COVID-19, forcing many tourist destinations to make significant adjustments in order to pass through this tough time. COVID- 19 has spread all around the world, including the island of Santorini, a popular tourist destination. Santorini has been heavily affected, as its main sources of income are driven by tourism businesses. The explicit lack of the main income led to the creation and issuance of Greece’s COVID-19 protocol for traveling named the “Protocol for Arrivals in and Departures from Greece”. The implementation of this protocol in Greece was found to be interesting in consideration of the impacts of COVID-19 on tourism, leading to the development of the objectives for this study: to analyze the effectiveness of the protocol for safely increasing the number of travelers to Santorini. This research uses a regression model to investigate the three different situations on Santorini Island, and determine the impacts of the protocol, namely “Before the COVID-19 incident”, “Before the launch protocol of COVID-19”, and “After the launch protocol of COVID-19”. A SWOT analysis was also used to provide an analysis of the protocol itself. The results express that the main threats in relation to the health protocol are new covid-19 variants. After running regression, the outcomes of the analysis show that before COVID-19, Santorini was following an uptrend for travel. However, at the start of the COVID- 19 incident, Greece was alerted and made an announcement to lockdown the country until the number of cases and deaths decreased. Once people began to travel, the government enacted the protocol to protect its tourist industries. In the fact, after the protocol was launched, it may not have had much success. Therefore, the implication of the policy suggests that the country should set the policy not only for protecting its industries, but also providing a shield for the local people against COVID-19, to minimize opportunity-cost including provision of knowledge sharing explicitly regarding COVID-19 which, like its relative the flu, is a threat that no one can escape from.

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Published
2022-02-15
How to Cite
Salamat, K., Sangdararat, S., Chiajirasin, K., & Kanjanaphan, N. (2022). GREECE HEALTH PROTOCOL DURING COVID-19. Social Science Asia, 8(1), 26-45. Retrieved from https://socialscienceasia.nrct.go.th/index.php/SSAsia/article/view/277
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Research Article