Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic and his associates held a working meeting with the new president of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Adam M. Goldstein and his associates during the ITB fair in Berlin.
Mayor Frankovic congratulated Goldstein on re-election as chairman of the cruise industry's crown association and expressed his gratitude on the cooperation so far, thanks to which the City of Dubrovnik managed to change the negative image and improve the situation with the crowds during the season.
- Excessive tourism is happening if we do not manage it - the mayor said, pointing out that cruise ships are not the only crowd generator. On this occasion he also announced the introduction of cruise tax. Residence tax for guests traveling on cruises will be regulated by the new Law on Tourist Tax that is under preparation. Its introduction will be decided by destinations, and will be implemented by the beginning of 2021.
CLIA President Adam Goldstein specifically emphasized the importance of the dialogue of all stakeholders in tourism, praising Dubrovnik for its initiative and cooperation with the Association. He said that CLIA particularly appreciates the readiness for cooperation and flexibility, in particular the understanding of the city administration for timely information on cruise taxis, which leaves enough time for shipping companies to adapt. Goldstein also expressed personal readiness for active participation in all the other joint activities and projects, about which he spoke at the conference "Trends and Challenges in Global Cruise Tourism" held at the ITB fair.
tThe meeting also included the talk about co-operation on a sustainable tourism project with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) which will be implemented soon. Also, the topic was development of the project "Respect the City" in cooperation with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which will be initiated by Goldstein personally. The newly appointed President of the CLIA in his second mandate (he was on this function in 2015 and 2016) announced a visit to Dubrovnik in September this year.
The meeting in Berlin was attended by the Director of Public Administrations of CLIA Europe Nikos Mertzanidis, Vice President of CLIA for Research and Global Strategic Communications Megan King, Deputy Mayor Jelka Tepsic, Respect the City project manager Ranko Milic and Advisor of the mayor for tourism Filip Zaja.