‘Please help us protect the city,’ mayor of Dubrovnik tells cruise lines as he reaffirms drastic visitor cap; Hugh Morris; Telegraph


Croatia – Old City of Dubrovnik

The mayor of Dubrovnik has told the cruise industry he is committed to cutting the number of daily visitors to the old town to 4,000 – and asked cruise lines to help.

Mayor Mato Franković revealed to Telegraph Travel last month that he planned to cap the number of people allowed inside the city’s Medieval walls to 4,000, half the Unesco recommendation of 8,000, in an effort to protect the heritage site and improve the tourist experience. He admitted that one of the key battlegrounds in achieving this would be moderating the arrival of cruise ships and their thousands of day-trippers.

In a letter to Clia, the Cruise Lines International Association, which counts among its 60 members Carnival, Royal Caribbean, TUI and P&O, Franković urged the cruise lines to help protect Dubrovnik, which he said was at a turning point.

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