Help us stem Dubrovnik tourist tide, mayor urges cruise in­dus­try

The Daily Telegraph - Travel - - COVER STORY - Hugh Morris

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.

Mato Frankovic re­vealed to Tele­graph Travel last month that he planned to cap the num­ber of peo­ple al­lowed in­side the Croa­t­ian city’s me­dieval walls to half the Unesco rec­om­men­da­tion of 8,000, in an ef­fort to pro­tect the her­itage site. He ad­mit­ted that one of the key bat­tle­grounds 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, TUI and P&O, Mr Frankovic urged the cruise lines to “take all nec­es­sary steps” to help pro­tect Dubrovnik, which he said was at a turn­ing point.

“Our in­ten­tion is to of­fer a bet­ter qual­ity of ser­vice which is cur­rently un­der much strain due to the si­mul­ta­ne­ous ar­rival of so many guests from cruise ships,” he said.

“The city of Dubrovnik firmly main­tains that we are not able to ac­com­mo­date more than 4,000 cruise pas­sen­gers at the same time.”

In a state­ment sent to Tele­graph Travel, Clia said: “The cruise in­dus­try is deeply com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing cul­tural her­itage and safe­guard­ing the sus­tain­able tourism in all of the des­ti­na­tions that we visit around the world.”

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