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Dubrovnik sees surge in tourism with 32% increase in arrivals

Croatia follows the lead of other countries in implementing rules to promote high-quality tourism

Source: Kathimerini

The mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, has made the decision to ban wheeled suitcases due to the noise they generate on the city streets.

Starting this summer, tourists will be required to carry their belongings using backpacks or any other means that do not involve wheels.

Furthermore, the municipality plans to install lockers in various parts of the city as part of the "Respect the City" program, implemented by the Dubrovnik Tourist Office, starting in November.

Dubrovnik is known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia and Europe.

According to the Dubrovnik Times, the city has already seen a significant increase in tourism this year, with 289,000 arrivals and 763,500 overnight stays, marking a 32% rise compared to the same period in 2022.

The city authorities have also proposed additional restrictions as part of their efforts to further develop the tourism sector.

Recently, the UK Foreign Office updated its travel advice for Croatia, taking into account the new rules, which include bans on sleeping and urinating in public places, climbing monuments, and consuming alcohol near protected public areas like schools.

The advisory statement also highlighted other prohibited actions, such as fighting, verbal abuse, and being intoxicated. Visitors are urged to pay attention to signage and ask for advice while being aware of their surroundings. Drug-related offenses carry fines and potential imprisonment.

Croatia has been making concerted efforts to attract a large number of international visitors, contributing to the country's economic development. Its entry into the Schengen area has further boosted the influx of international arrivals to this Balkan nation.

The hospitality sector has witnessed a significant surge in turnover, with over €290 million recorded in May this year, representing a growth of approximately 30% compared to the turnover of around €224 million in May last year.

It is worth noting that Croatia is following the example of countries such as the Netherlands and Indonesia in implementing rules for tourists to ensure high-quality tourism experiences.

[This article was translated from its Greek original]

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