Franković in Kotor: ”Cooperation Between Dubrovnik and Kotor Seems Natural”

Lauren Simmonds

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Mato Franković met with Kotor’s Vladimir Jokić, with whom he talked about the threat of cruise ship tourism and the possibilities of enhancing cooperation between the two UNESCO cities in the fields of tourism and culture.

As Dubrovacki Dnevnik reports on the 21st of September, 2017, Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, and his associates, have undertaken an official visit to Kotor, Montenegro.

Particular emphasis of the meeting between the two was placed on the mutual challenges facing both Dubrovnik and Kotor when it comes to cruse ship tourism and its impact on the conditions of everyday life in these historic environments.

“The cooperation between Dubrovnik and Kotor is a completely natural one and the cornerstone of the cooperation between our two countries,” said Kotor’s Vladimir Jokić, emphasising the shared exchange of experiences in managing the arrivals of cruise ships on round trips and the problems both destinations face because of the same issue.

Mayor Mato Franković confirmed that the meeting in Kotor is the first step in establishing a much better and stronger cooperation between the two cities.

Dubrovnik, Croatia


“We’re [both] burdened by similar problems; a large number of daily excursions and cruise passengers, which undoubtedly leads to a reduced quality of life for the local population,” he said.

Franković also revealed that the intention was to extend cooperation to other cities and destinations which are part of cruise company schedules and routes as well, not only to exchange experiences, ideas and good practices, but also to jointly be able to compete more heavily within the market and participate in the arrangement of the cruise ships’ arrival times.

Kotor, Montenegro


“With a unique onset and [good] organisation we can achieve good results; to reduce the threat of uncontrolled tourism and to recreate the cities according to their citizens’ standards,” Mayor Franković concluded.

Dubrovnik’s Franković and Kotor’s Jokić also talked about their own experiences in the restoration of monumental heritage and on their prestigious shared UNESCO status, which, aside from offering exceptional development opportunities, equally places great responsibility upon the city administration(s) in terms of adequate care and protection.

During the visit to Kotor, a meeting with representatives of the Croatian Civil Society of Montenegro was also held, the society is a non-governmental association of Croats in Montenegro based in Kotor, founded in July this year.


Translated from Dubrovacki Dnevnik


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