CNN has published an article about Dubrovnik, saying that it may ban the opening of new restaurants in the Old City as a part of the fight with overtourism.
-Dubrovnik's council will vote in December on the restaurant proposal, which would see a moratorium on any new outdoor chairs and tables in the Old Town for the next five years – CNN writes, adding that doesn't seem like much to most of us -- but since most restaurants in Dubrovnik's Old Town are built into the city walls, indoor seating is extremely limited.
CNN contacted the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, who said:
-Anyone wanting to open a restaurant in the Old Town cannot put down new tables and chairs for the next five years.
Frankovic explained that they can open inside, but knowing the Old City it's very hard to find a place where you can work inside. He added that ninety nine percent of restaurants work mainly with outside tables.
-The city council owns all the public space in Dubrovnik, and can therefore decide whether or not a restaurant can be allocated space outside for tables. If a restaurant closes, Frankovic said, it would be considered as fully closed -- meaning other businesses would not be able to take over the space – CNN writes, adding that when asked if that would effectively mean a five-year ban on new restaurants, Frankovic said: "Correct."