A popular Croatian city is planning to implement new regulations that will prohibit tourists from dragging suitcases in the Old Town due to complaints from residents about the noise it causes during the peak tourism season.

‘They will leave their bags at the designated point, and we will, of course, transport their belongings to the address where they will be staying for a fee,’ stated Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Frankovic in an interview with Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List.

‘This is just the beginning; the ultimate goal is to establish a logistics center at the airport, from which all luggage will be directly transported from the airport to the guests’ addresses in Dubrovnik,’ he added.

Dubrovnik, a coastal city known for its Renaissance architecture, attracts millions of visitors each year, reaching a peak of 1.5 million in 2019 and just over one million tourists in 2022 as tourism rebounded after significant pandemic restrictions were lifted, according to The Dubrovnik Times.

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Suit case ban

Tourists walk through the Old Town in Dubrovnik, Croatia. (Robert Michael/picture alliance via Getty Images)

The city has experienced a 32% increase in visitors this year compared to the same period in 2022. Dubrovnik saw a significant surge in tourists after it was featured as the setting for King’s Landing in the “Game of Thrones” TV series.

The influx of tourism also brought new challenges that locals either forgot about or previously ignored: the noise of wheeled suitcases on the cobblestones of the Old Town.

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