At the end of last year, Dubrovnik took the right step in the context of reducing the excessive influx of tourists into the city from cruise ships, and agreed with cruise companies that a maximum of two cruisers would sail into the most desirable cruise destination in the Mediterranean, bringing a maximum of 5000 visitors. The plan to introduce the so-called cruise fees were presented to the new president of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Adam Goldstein, and his associates at a working meeting in Berlin during the ITB trade fair in early March. “They expressed full understanding for the introduction of the fee and thanked us for informing them of this intention in a timely manner. I would like to point out that CLIA are our true partners in our project “Respect the City” because they, like us in the city administration, want the best destination experience for their guests, or we want satisfied guests regardless of arrival, but also satisfied citizens. Only through balance and through cooperation can we achieve this”Says Franković. One of the measures and novelties is the introduction of cruise guest transport to Pila and back by low-floor articulated buses. This will take over the shuttle transport from JGP Libertas, which will significantly reduce congestion on city roads. As the Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mate Franković, points out, these measures will establish full control and organization of berthing of vessels on cruises, all with the aim of achieving the highest level of service provided. “We are pleased that in cooperation with the Association of Cities we managed to get the possibility of collecting the sojourn tax from one-day guests included in the proposal of the new law and that the Ministry accepted it. It was agreed that the payment still goes by ship, and talking to our partners from the CLIA, they also agreed that this is the best model. ” points out Mate Franković, the mayor of Dubrovnik. The City of Dubrovnik has recently harmonized the rules with the representatives of shipping companies and the CLIA association for season 2020. which will include additional improvements in terms of the number of guests visiting the City at the same time, all with the aim of achieving the highest level of service provided for guests and citizen satisfaction. Also, at the initiative of the City of Dubrovnik, the Ministry of Tourism, when amending the Law on Tourist Tax, introduced the collection of tourist tax for passengers on cruises. Its introduction will be decided by the destinations themselves, ie local self-government units, and will be implemented at the beginning of 2021. In Dubrovnik, a sojourn tax per ship will be introduced from 2021 onwards, although the first considerations were that a sojourn tax be charged for each guest on a cruise ship. From 2021, tourist tax for cruisers as well Finally, Franković points out that the additional income from the sojourn tax for cruisers will be spent on improving the city’s communal infrastructure. “The funds will be spent on investment maintenance of roads and transport / communal infrastructure in order to increase the overall communal standard, the development of which, unfortunately, in recent decades has not followed the development of tourism and it is up to this city administration to change that.” Thus, throughout the week, from Monday to Sunday, a maximum of two cruisers a day stay in Dubrovnik. This year, there was only one problem with the blockade of the entrance to the City, due to the mooring of the MSC Sinfonie in Gruž earlier than planned. As the MSC reacted in a statement, the omission occurred as a result of unfortunate and unplanned circumstances. “Due to the earlier arrival of the ship in Dubrovnik, the unfavorable weather conditions at sea were the main reason for it, due to which Sinfonia missed the berth in Mykonos on the way from Venice and headed directly to Dubrovnik.”Stressed from MSC Cruises apologizing that this event was an exception caused by external factors.