Recognizing the fact that the existing contracts with cruising companies expire only in 2019, Mayor Franković wrote a letter expressing the need to ensure the most appropriate allocation of ship arrivals in the 2018 season through joint efforts and coordination of state and local levels of government, in order to achieve the highest quality overall tourist offer, which only in the past year brought Dubrovnik several prestigious titles of the best destination on the Adriatic. “The current situation is unsustainable in the true sense of the word, and the pressure on the historic core during peak traffic loads, especially at the end of the week, when over 7.000 people enter the city during the few hours in the morning, does not bring anything good in terms of preservation of monumental heritage. and by no means in the quality of the visitor experience. The long-term goal of the City of Dubrovnik is to ensure that at one time there are no more than 4.000 guests from cruise ships inside the walls. We believe that this is the optimal number that ensures a quality life for the citizens of Dubrovnik, and our guests the best possible experience of traveling and enjoying the beauty and all the offer of Dubrovnik. I am convinced that this goal can be achieved by better planning and dispersion of ship arrival dates, which requires joint action.. ”Franković points out.Source: Dubrovnik Port AuthorityAccording to the Central Bureau of Statistics, in the period from January to May 2017, 150 cruises of foreign ships were made in Croatian seaports. There were 177.709 passengers on these ships, who stayed in Croatia for a total of 347 days, which is an average of 2 days. Most foreign ships recorded their first entry in Dubrovnik-Neretva (66,0%), as foreign ships for cruises in the first five months of 2017 had the port of Dubrovnik (113 visits).”The city of Dubrovnik does not divide guests on any grounds, including the manner of arrival at the destination. However, we are firmly committed to ensuring a pleasant stay for all our guests regardless of the way they arrive. At the same time, the management of tourism in the destination aims at a comfortable life of our citizens, reducing traffic jams and, in particular, the pressure on the historic core of Dubrovnik, which has been under UNESCO protection since 1979.”, Concluded Mayor Franković.Related news: GAME OF THE THRONE IN DUBROVNIK INCREASES TOURIST SPENDING BY 126 MILLION EUROS IN FOUR YEARS The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Mato Franković sent an official letter to the Director of the Dubrovnik Port Authority Blaž Pez on the arrival of cruise ships in the 2018 and 2019 seasons, as well as the Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia Oleg Butković and the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli.