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Dubrovnik to tax cruise ships from 2021

The Croatian city of Dubrovnik has decided to push ahead with a plan to tax cruise ships visiting the city’s port.

On September 23, the city’s council voted to introduce the tax from 2021, and will charge cruise liners between 2,000 and 40,000 kunas (270 – 5,400 euros) depending on the number of passengers. In 2017, the city received 742,000 passengers on 538 ships.

The tax has long been advocated by the city’s mayor, Mato Franković, who believes it is crucial to improving tourism management, and has been backed by the International Cruise Lines Association.

In 2016, UNESCO threatened to remove Dubrovnik’s status as a World Heritage Site unless it curbed tourist numbers, which have swelled in recent years following its starring role as a location for the HBO series Game of Thrones.