The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, the Deputy Mayor, Jelka Tepšić and the Director of the Port of Dubrovnik, Blaž Pezo, participated in a meeting at the Ministry of Tourism on the topic of amendments to the Tourist Tax Act. The new proposal put forward aims at collecting tourist taxes from tourists on cruise ships, with a set fee of 2 Euros per passenger proposed.
The Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli, explained that this new tax was a dedicated resource that would be reinvested into the transport infrastructure to raise the standard of destinations. Local government units could decide whether to introduce this tax or not.
The new proposal was supported by Mayor Frankovic who pointed out that this fee will certainly not deter people from coming to Dubrovnik, and that the City and the citizens will certainly benefit. With a tax of 2 Euros per guest, or per cruise ship passenger, the City of Dubrovnik would benefit to the tune of around 12 million Kuna which the city would then reinvest back into the transport system of the city. The mayor pointed out that it was important to notify the cruise ship companies in time so that the new fee could be calculated into future prices. It was agreed that the implementation of this new tax should be in 2021.