Published on : Monday, April 17, 2017
In coming years, World Heritage Sites located in Croatia, Montenegro and Macedonia might be in jeopardy of losing their UNESCO status as a result of huge and uncontrolled mass tourism that is destroying the sites and their neighboring area. Other than polluting the surrounding environment, these congregation of tourists is completely overwhelming in some areas which could cause few of them to lose even their prized status altogether.
The places identified as the most perilous sites in the Western Balkans are the Croatian coastal city of Dubrovnik, Byron’s eminent “Pearl of the Adriatic”, and the Plitvice Lakes national park in the interior of Croatia along with the ancient seaside town of Kotor in Montenegro and Macedonia’s most historic city, Ohrid, as well as the nearby lake area.
Almost at par with Venice, the growing number of cruise ships harboring near the city in recent times is also creating a major risk of losing its UNESCO status.
Dubrovnik’s Renaissance-era old town and a famous TV and film set attracted million tourists last year who stayed for a total of 3.4 million nights, as per the statistics presented by the Dubrovnik’s tourist bureau, BIRN. However, according to the data of the Dubrovnik Port Authority, 800,000 tourists came to the city by cruisers, reaching over 10,000 visits a day.