The suitcases with wheels and other bans
The mayor of the city of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, decided to ban suitcases with wheels because of the noise they make on the city streets.
This means that starting this summer, tourists will carry their belongings with backpacks, or by any other means they wish, as long as it does not have wheels.
Furthermore, from November, lockers will be placed by the municipality in many parts of the city, as part of the “Respect the City” program, implemented by the Dubrovnik Tourist Office.
It is recalled that Dubrovnik is one of the most popular destinations for tourists not only in Croatia but also in Europe.
“Since the beginning of the year, Dubrovnik has had 289,000 arrivals and 763,500 overnight stays, recording a 32% increase compared to with the same period in 2022,” the Dubrovnik Times reveals.
The city authorities have also proposed several restrictions as part of efforts to further develop the tourism sector.
The UK Foreign Office recently revised its travel advice for Croatia to reflect the rule changes, also taking into account bans on sleeping and urinating in public places, climbing monuments, and drinking alcohol near protected public places , like schools.
“These include fights, verbal abuse and drunkenness. Most cities have signage to advise you of actions prohibited by local law. Be aware of your surroundings, including road signs, and ask for advice. Drug-related offenses are punishable by fines and prison terms,” the statement said.
Croatia has stepped up efforts to bring in a large number of international visitors to help the country's economy grow. to develop further.
Its entry into the Schengen zone has also contributed significantly to the increase in the number of international arrivals in this Balkan country.
Turnover in the hospitality industry has seen a significant rise over 290 million euros in May this year, which represents an increase of about 30% compared to the turnover of about 224 million euros recorded in May last year.
Note that Croatia follows the Netherlands and Indonesia in enforcing rules for tourists, in order to obtain quality tourism.