Game Of Thrones has resulted in a huge spike in tourist inflow to Dubrovnik after they used the city to film scenes featuring King’s Landing and now the city is facing the heat of overtourism. The hit HBO show brought the Croatian city on the world map and ever since it has become a sought-after tourist destination.
However, the city now wants to take things under control and a ban on new eating places could also be Dubrovnik’s subsequent line of protection in the fight against overtourism.
Mato Frankovic, who is the mayor of Dubrovnik told CNN reporter Julia Buckley that the ban would prohibit eating places from including outdoors tables and chairs. Because of the restricted area, this might successfully ban new restaurants, he confirmed. The Dubrovnik council owns Dubrovnik’s public areas and can vote on the proposal in December.
“They can open inside, but knowing the Old City it’s very hard to find a place where you can work inside,” Frankovic mentioned. “Ninety-nine per cent of restaurants work mainly with outside tables.”
Even if a restaurant closes, a brand new one will not be allowed to take its place with the ban in place.
In the last few years, Dubrovnik has seen a surge in tourism it is used to film the city of King’s Landing in Game of Thrones. Croatia Times reports that Dubrovnik has exponential increase in tourism in 2019. With this, Dubrovnik joins a number of cities that are buckling beneath the load of overtourism.
Around the globe a number of cities are taking measures to fight against overtourism. Venice plans to ban massive cruise ships from its canal starting in 2022. In July, Rome instituted a $450 fine for sitting on the historic Spanish Steps.
Maya Beach in Thailand saw a surge in tourism after being featured in the 2000 film The Beach that includes Leonardo DiCaprio. Last 12 months, it closed to outsiders till June 2021 to protect the marine ecosystem.
What are your thoughts about overtourism and what steps need to be taken to make sure that these famous places don’t crumble under the pressure of overtourism?