Dubrovnik mayor explains his Game of Thrones tourism downside

With HBO asserting plans to protect choose Game of Thrones units for vacationers, curiosity in seeing the place the community filmed scenes for the long-lasting collection is at an all-time excessive. If you’re on the tourism board of a nation like Northern Ireland or a metropolis like Dubrovnik, Croatia, you’re sitting fairly, however there could be an excessive amount of of factor.

Take Dubrovnik, which has lengthy stood in for King’s Landing. Game of Thrones followers have been flocking to town for years, however of late, curiosity has ballooned to doubtlessly disruptive ranges. In 2015, there have been 300 metropolis excursions associated to the present. In 2017, there have been 4,500, and the quantity has solely grown since then. The Old City, essentially the most picturesque half, is overcrowded and should even be in peril of dropping its distinction as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, a designation given to elements of the world thought of to have cultural, historic or scientific significance. UNESCO websites are additionally legally protected by worldwide treaties, and it’s in Dubrovnik’s curiosity to verify it stays one.

This is what’s on the thoughts of Dubrovnik mayor Mato Frankovic. He just lately talked to CNN about the issue. Roll the tape:

“We are very proud of our city,” Frankovic says. “We are very proud of our tourism, but we think that we actually need to take a bit of [a] break in releasing and slowing down the number of the tourists that are coming at the same time to Dubrovnik.”

We wish to present prime quality to the entire vacationers. A variety of them are coming to Dubrovnik. Some of them are coming, in fact, due to the Game of Thrones…It is a extremely historical metropolis with a wealthy historical past and we wish for all of our vacationers to have an incredible high quality of vacation spot.

It appears like the primary downside is simply overcrowding, with too many individuals within the Old City without delay. Frankovic and his workforce are taking measures, together with limiting the variety of cruise ships that may dock within the metropolis without delay, eradicating tables from outside areas, and extra. “We need to cut some things down,” Frankovic says. “We actually lose some money because of that, but we were ready to do that in order to gain the future success of Dubrovnik tourism. We want all of the tourists to come to Dubrovnik, but we need to give them information [as to] what is the best time of arrival.”

Dubrovnik has an attention-grabbing tight rope to stroll right here, inviting in sufficient vacationers to assist the financial system however not so many who the expertise turns into disagreeable and UNESCO yanks its assist. We hope it finds its manner by way of. The historical past of Game of Thrones have to be preserved!

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