Two Mediterranean port cities that welcome an overwhelming number of cruise ships each day, delivering thousands of passengers on land who spend little money in their historically preserved cities, are speaking up to local governments. These cities are requesting restrictions on the number of arrivals.
Residents of Palma de Mallorca, a busy port city that takes on 1.75 million cruise passengers per year (the third-highest in Europe), drafted a petition asking for the number of cruise ships arriving at the port to decrease to one per day, bringing approximately 4,000 visitors to the island daily. At the time of print, the petition had 11,000 signatures and was set to be presented to the local city council.
Farther east in Dubrovnik, Croatia, similar measures are undergoing implementation. The city partnered with the Cruise Lines International Association to create a Memorandum of Understanding, which lays out strategies to best manage cruise ships in the long term.
Under this memorandum, the city plans to introduce its “Respect the City” campaign, which would limit the number of daily visitors to Dubrovnik’s UNESCO-protected Old Town and limit the number of cruise ships in the harbor each day.
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Global Traveler surveyed its readers last week via an online survey to learn more about travelers’ plans pre- and post-COVID-19 shutdowns. According to respondents, 78 percent are planning a trip in 2020, with 55 percent saying they are more likely to travel domestically first. Nearly all, at 85 percent, canceled trips because of the pandemic.