Dubrovnik limits tourists for curbing over-tourism

 Tuesday, August 21, 2018 


Dubrovnik limits touristsEvery summer, lots of people descend upon Dubrovnik, a wonderful Croatian city nestled on the Adriatic Sea. The crowds are drawn by the same magical beauty that has attracted Hollywood locations, like those who chose the city as the setting for the fictional King’s Landing on Game of Thrones, a hit show on HBO.

However, in the recent years, the crowds have grown so bad that last month Dubrovnik became synonymous with “over-tourism”, and this is a condition shared by many of the world’s most beautiful places now.

From the boulevards of Barcelona, Spain, to the canals of Venice, local officials have been struggling hard to deal with a similar problem i.e. over-tourism.

Besides crowds, local residents have complained of creating nuisance in tourist hot spots and voiced concerns about loutish, disrespectful visitors.

Local anger is likely to grow with the number of travellers. The UNWTO estimates that there will be 1.8 billion international tourist-related trips by 2030, going up from 1.2 billion in 2016.

Officials in Dubrovnik have started to push back against the throngs.

This summer, they have cracked down on street vendors, limited the number of outdoor restaurant tables crowding the ancient alleyways and exercised control over cruise ships that send thousands of passengers flooding into the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

This year, the city has put a check on the number of people who can disembark from the cruise ships at a given time.


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