Contracts were signed with cruise companies for next year that will see a maximum of 2 cruise ships, with no more than a total of 5,000 passengers, being allowed to dock daily in port of Dubrovnik.
According to Dubrovnik mayor Mato Frankovic, contracts with cruise ship companies had been signed for 2019, so during the week from Monday to Sunday, a maximum of 2 cruise ships would arrive daily. He added that sometimes there would be only one cruise ship, sometimes two arriving at the same time, or one in the morning and another in the afternoon, but they would have to be a maximum of two per day.
Frankovic shared that currently only the issue of resolving Dubrovnik's traffic problems remained, which he believed had been caused by the liberalisation of taxi market with more than 1000 taxis operating during summer 2018.
Dubrovnik has been under much pressure to introduce measures against overcrowding, including from UNESCO who considered to revoke the World Heritage status of the port city if action wasn't taken.
In 2017, after UNESCO’s recommendation, the city imposed restrictions so not over 8,000 people at any one time could enter Dubrovnik's Old Town. This has been further cut to a totaв of 5,000 people.