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Published on : Thursday, August 17, 2017
The new mayor of Dubrovnik has said that he is in favor of limiting the number of cruise passengers arriving daily at the Adriatic port city in Croatia to curb the menace of mass tourism. Mayor Mato Frankovic said that the current number of 8,000 passengers a day should be reduced to 4,000. He also called for limits on tour operators running day trips to the walled medieval city, which has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1979.
The Dubrovnik Port Authority said that the cap was exceeded 18 times in 2016 out of the 243 days when cruise ships called. It also said it refused 40 cruise call requests for this year.
Dubrovnik has become one of the most popular places on an itinerary from Venice to the Eastern Mediterranean, or the reverse route. Last year Dubrovnik had 639 ship calls and handled 831,730 passengers. The UNESCO report said that 90% of cruise calls to Dubrovnik come between May and October.