MedCruise Supports Dubrovnik’s “Respect The City” Project

Lauren Simmonds

As Morski writes on the 14th of December, 2019, Dubrovnik’s Deputy Mayor Jelka Tepšić and the head of the European Funds, Regional and International Cooperation Department, Zrinka Raguž, recently received representatives of the MedCruise Mediterranean Ports Association, President Airam Díaz Pastor and Secretary General Jordi Caballé.

The meeting was also attended by Hrvoje Kulušić, Assistant Director of the Dubrovnik Port Authority for Operations, Development and Maintenance.

While presenting the measures the City of Dubrovnik is working on to establish balance and sustainability in Croatia’s southernmost and most popular destination, Jelka Tepšić specifically addressed the regulation of cruise ships entering the Port of Dubrovnik, an issue which has been causing countless problems among not only other tourists but most importantly, the city’s residents themselves.

The focus of Dubrovnik’s strategic Respect the City project is primarily management and better coordination, as well as the use of all possible smart city tools. Numerous significant changes have been made since back in 2017, as Tepšić herself emphasised.

She also stressed the importance of working with the association of cruise companies, CLIA, with which Dubrovnik’s city government has built a close partnership, and through joint efforts a better organisation on the ground has been achieved in regard to cruise tourism in the UNESCO protected Dalmatian city. In this segment, the City of Dubrovnik proved to be an example of good practice to other cruise destinations across the Mediterranean and the world.

”The MedCruise Association is a signatory to a joint cooperation and understanding agreement with the Community of Port Authorities, which represents all port authorities in the Republic of Croatia.

This fits into the vision of Dubrovnik’s local Respect the City project because coordination and communication between the city, the port authority and cruise companies jointly contributes to the development of sustainable tourism,” said MedCruise President Díaz Pastor on this occasion.

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