Dubrovnik Wants to Cut Its Tourist Numbers in Half; Cailey Rizzo; Travel + Leisure

Croatia – Old City of Dubrovnik

One of Croatia’s top destinations is battling its own popularity.

As part of that effort, Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković has written a letter to the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), asking its members to dramatically decrease their arrivals in the historic city.

The mayor is asking for cruise lines’ help in cutting back daily tourist numbers for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. He asked the cruise lines for “more careful planning of the scheduling of the daily arrivals of cruise ships” to provide a “better quality of service which is currently under much strain due the simultaneous arrival of so many guests from cruise ships.”

In response, the cruise association highlighted the benefits of visitors to the city and the need for discussion among players in the tourism sector.

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