Suitcases Banned From Popular Travel Destination

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( – Dubrovnik, a seaside Croatian city particularly well known for its Renaissance architecture has banned tourists from dragging suitcases throughout the Old Town as residents have complained about the rumble it causes during peak season.

The mayor of the city, Mato Frankovic told the Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List that tourists will have to leave their bags at designated areas, and from there, for a fee, the bags will be delivered to them. This is the beginning of a more extensive logistic plan which will ultimately include transporting visitors from the airport to the address where they will be staying.

Every year millions of people visit the Croatian city, with a peak of 1.5 million in 2019. In 2022, more than one million tourists visited Dubrovnik as the pandemic restrictions eased. This year, there has been a 32 percent increase in tourism when compared to last year. Part of the tourism in the city is driven by the fact that the city was used as the setting for King’s Landing in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”  series.

However, the increase in tourism has also meant that there is an increase in the sound caused by suitcases being dragged through the Old Town’s cobblestones. Starting in November, Frankovic has introduced a $288 (264 euro) fine for anyone who drugs their wheelie suitcase through the old city.

Soon the city’s government will have fully developed a system that would mandate that tourists leave their suitcases outside the city so that they can be transported to their hotel or local address through a courier. They will then not be allowed to move their suitcases around the city center once they have received them.

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