10,388 tourists in one day is no joke.
Dubrovnik, Croatia has been saturated with Game of Thrones fans since 2011. After a record number of 10,388 tourists who visited the city in one single day last August, officials are taking control of the stuffy situation.
As the set of King’s Landing and backdrop to Cersei Lannister’s Walk of Shame, Dubrovnik has been capitalizing on its popularity by hosting Game of Thrones tours and museums. Although having an overabundance of tourists can be a good problem to have for many cities, Dubrovnik’s mayor Mato Franković is decreasing the number of people entering its old city walls from 8,000 to 4,000. Franković said:
“I am not here to make people happy, but to make the quality of life [in this city] better. Some of the cruise lines will disagree with what I’m saying, but my main goal is to ensure quality for tourists and I cannot do it by the keeping the situation as it is.”
New initiatives include canceling cruise ship stops, which puts Dubrovnik at the risk of losing approximately 1 million euros in the next two years. Despite the new plan may not be a financially beneficial one, Franković believes his policy will preserve the city in premium quality which is more valuable in the long run.
If you want to go on any GOT tours now, make sure to plan early. Visiting the Minceta Tower may not be as accessible during high season as it was before.
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