Mayor Franković aims to decrease pressure on the Old Town
Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Franković met with his associates earlier today to discuss new measures of management of tourist arrivals in the historic centre, in order to reduce the crowds during peak traffic times, especially on weekends.
The mayor stated that the Town of Dubrovnik doesn’t discriminate between hotel guests and those in private accommodation, nor between average visitors and cruise ship passengers. He added nobody should prefer one group of visitors over another, as the quality of the entire tourist service needs to be the main priority. Clearly defined interests of the Town of Dubrovnik and its citizens are to be put first, and that needs to be the leading principle instead of successfully amassing income from tourism.
To decrease the pressure on Pile on days with most arrivals, the Port Authority will move the docking location of 12 ships belonging to Costa Crociere SpA to the anchorages in front of Lokrum island.
The Port Authority will also permit a maximum of nine shuttle buses to leave for Pile in one interval, followed by a 10-minute break before the next group of buses is allowed to depart. Some of the tourist buses will be redirected to Ploče.
All of the measures above will be carried out on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and their implementation will be monitored by Dubrovnik Tourist Board, traffic services units and the Sanitat company.
Mayor Franković stated the measures will be implemented without delay, but that their long-term goal is to reduce the number of cruise ship passengers visiting the Old Town to 4000 people at any given moment.