Dubrovnik plans drastic tourist limits, and curbs on cruise ships, to save World Heritage status; Hugh Morris; Telegraph

Croatia – Old City of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik will drastically cut the number of visitors allowed into its ancient centre in just two years in an effort to prevent ruinous overcrowding, the mayor has revealed to Telegraph Travel.

The new limit will go further than Unesco’s recommendation of permitting only 8,000 people a day inside the hefty Medieval walls and instead put the cap at 4,000. Mayor Mato Franković, elected to the position in June, said the move was to protect the quality of the experience for visitors to the Croatian city. “We don’t want to go with the maximum, we want to go lower than that,” he said.

Franković said Dubrovnik needs to “reset” after a period of unchecked growth in the number of day trippers and cruise passengers that flood into the tiny city each day.

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