The cruise ship Viking Venus docked in the Port of Gruž in Dubrovnik yesterday and became the first cruise ship from the Viking group to arrive in the city since the Covid-19 pandemic began.
The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, commented on his social media channels that “After more than a year and a half, the first ship of the Viking company sailed into Dubrovnik. This continues the tourist recovery of our city. In the coming weeks, we expect new ships from other companies.”
Although the city’s tourism industry is slowly recovery from last year and there are certainly signs of optimism the figures are still only around 60 percent of 2019. “The tourist recovery is really visible today and if this pace continues to work, we will record a solid 2021 season that will allow the entire Dubrovnik economy to survive until the 2022 season,” commented the Mayor.
However, with the European Centre for Disease Control placing the whole of the Croatian Adriatic coastline into the “orange zone” last week and with the arrival of British tourists this week the tourism industry must remain vigilant and careful. “I hope and believe that the number of infections will begin to decrease, which is crucial so that we don’t enter the red zone and thus not stop all that we have been working on together with the tourism sector all last winter, and which today gives visible results,” added Franković.