Beloved Czech holiday destination bans suitcases on wheels

The ban is part of a series of measures that the city of Dubrovnik adopted to reduce the negative effects of tourism. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 12.06.2023 15:12:00 (updated on 12.06.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

In response to growing concerns over noise pollution and the influx of tourists, the mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Franković has announced a series of measures, including a ban on suitcases with wheels. The city has seen a surge in tourism, prompting the local government to address the issue, as reported by Le Parisien.

The decision to ban suitcases on wheels came after residents of the historic city center voiced their concerns about excessive noise. Franković made it his mission to tackle the challenges faced by the popular destination, which attracts a significant number of tourists each year.

Under the new regulations, starting this summer, tourists will be required to carry their suitcases by hand rather than dragging them on wheels. Additionally, the city plans to introduce mandatory luggage storage facilities in November, prohibiting the movement of luggage within the city center.

Franković explained the rationale behind the measures: "Suitcases will be left in lockers and we will take them to the accommodation address for a fee."

He added that this was just the beginning of a series of measures, the ultimate goal being the creation of "a logistics center within the airport, after the construction of which all luggage will be delivered directly to the place of accommodation."

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This surprising initiative is part of Dubrovnik's ongoing program called Respect the City, which aims to establish and enforce rules for tourists.

The city and the local tourist board have created an animated guide to educate visitors about local regulations, such as walking dogs on a leash, properly disposing of waste, and refraining from activities like riding motorcycles or climbing monuments.

To raise awareness among visitors, the animated guide is being shown on Croatia Airlines cruise ships and aircraft. Other airlines may also join the program, according to the Croatian news site Jutarnji list.

Dubrovnik's efforts to reduce noise pollution and regulate tourist behavior align with the city's commitment to preserving its cultural heritage and ensuring a more pleasant experience for residents and visitors alike.

How popular are Croatian holidays?

  • Compared to last year, Czech tour sellers report up to 44 percent higher demand for holiday packages in Croatia.
  • In 2022, the number of Czechs coming to Croatia stood at 900,000, 8 percent less than in 2019.
  • Trips to Croatia have become more expensive by around 10 percent year-on-year due to inflation.
  • Czechs regularly occupy the fifth place in the number of visitors to the country, according to travel experts.
  • Since the beginning of the year, Croatian tourism has experienced a 32 percent growth compared to the previous year, Croatian public broadcaster HRT reports.
  • This is partly due to Croatia's entry into the Eurozone and the Schengen area on Jan. 1.
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