MIAS University held its first conference after two years of Covid 19 on 19th of May 2022, and what else could have been discussed other than the impacts of Covid 19 pandemics. Therefore the topic of 11th annual conference-Regional development between theory and practice was: Impacts of Covid 19 on the development of European regions.
Covid 19 pandemic has not just stopped our lives but also brought new original ways of dealing with some situations, and innovations which will clearly remain a part of our lives. Different countries have taken different measures which helped to create different scenarios of possible solutions, and showed which measures are the most effective ones.
Scientists and experts from different European countries presented their topics. We are proud that we could welcome experts from Austria, Poland, Germany and Hungary.
Next topic was presented by the team from Cracow University of Economics – Anna Karwińska, Michał Kudłacz, Dorota Jopek, Michał Wiśniewski. They connected online and introduced Crakow culture and the description of its tourism. One of the issues before the pandemic was the problem of overtourism concentrated in some areas and the conflict of interest of tourists and local inhabitants. Contrast, Cracow became a ghost city during the pandemic. Another field that suffered is business, as there was a 77,2% decrease in business meetings in 2020 compared to the year 2019. Subsequently, the new threats and the feeling of insecurity brought by the War in Ukraine were mentioned.The last presenter or the first Eglish section was Antonio Roldan-Ponce, the head of Department Tourism & Event Management at Fachhochschule Dresden – University of Applied Sciences. This respected specialist with experience from Spain, United Kingdom and Germany came to MIAS to speak about The impact of COVID-19 on tourist operations and evaluation of recovery strategies through scenario analysis. He presented many particular statistics on the decline of amount of arriving tourist and the course of accommodation services. Furthermore, he brought an interesting analysis of Google trend of people searching Dresden, Berlin and Prague due to the decrease in the tourism.
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