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Dubrovnik about to limit tourist numbers in Old Town

Dubrovnik, among many popular tourist sites, is struggling with too much foot traffic.

Dubrovnik has grown into a top European tourist destination in recent years. Thanks to its historical sites, churches and views over the Adriatic. Game of Thrones also had prominent role. This seems like a good thing. But Dubrovnik’s Old Town and cobblestoned streets have found themselves overwhelmed by tourists. The city’s mayor, Andro Vlahušić, is actively trying to monitor visitor numbers.

UNESCO has advised that no more than 8,000 people should be within the Old Town at any one time to prevent damage to some of the city’s oldest buildings.

The walled city’s five entrances have been outfitted with surveillance video cameras to track how many people are entering the UNESCO World Heritage Site each day. By installing cameras, authorities can ensure the numbers don’t exceed that. If visitors stay at 6,000 or lower, no restrictions will be put in place, but if it exceeds 6,000 the crowds will be slowed down, presumably through longer wait times to get. It’s estimated that more than 8,000 people in the Old City is too dangerous. But if you’re planning a trip to Dubrovnik soon, there is still a way to make sure you don’t miss out on experiencing the medieval streets for yourself. Purchase a Dubrovnik City Card, for $45, or register your arrival a day in advance, and you’ll get “priority access to the city” during your stay.

Dubrovnik is not the only destination trying to get a grip on an overflow of tourists. Many Cities, like Barcelona and Bath, have considered introducing a tourist tax. Authorities in Rome may soon instate an after-hours “no-go-zone” around the Colosseum following several incidents of bad tourist behavior.

Dubrovnik had a record year for tourism in 2016, with more than million visitors. Numbers for 2017. Don’t show any sign of abating. It’s likely only going to get harder to get within the 80-foot walls of the city.

Izvor: Conde Nast

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