The Chinese tourist monthly magazine Traveler published a story about the history of quarantine, with the greatest emphasis on Dubrovnik and its historical experiences in the fight against various epidemics since the 14th century.
The reason for this instructive historical story in Traveler, one of the most popular travel magazines in China, is the current situation with the COVID-19 virus and its impact on tourism.
According to this magazine, Europe has faced epidemics several times in the past, and the entry points of the disease were ports such as Venice, Genoa and Dubrovnik. The very idea of quarantine as a way to fight various epidemics was conceived in Dubrovnik in 1377, when the world's first known health regulations in this regard were adopted.
Along with the illustration, the magazine states that merchant ships spent 30 days in quarantine on the islands of Mrkan and Bobara. Although today Dubrovnik is one of the most famous tourist centers in Europe, Traveler states that the history of the city is extremely interesting, and the decisions made six centuries ago "were wise, reasonable and effective."
-Emphasizing Dubrovnik in the international tourist media as a positive example, with recognition of the knowledge and abilities of our ancestors, is just another wind in the back for the recovery of tourism and the return of life to the time before the epidemic. Therefore, we are happy with this kind of news - said the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic about the article in Traveler.