The Croatian city featured in 'Game of Thrones' is so flooded with tourists that it may ban new restaurants. It's one of many cities buckling under the weight of overtourism.

ShutterstockDubrovnik, Croatia, has been struggling with overtourism largely because of its popularity with ‘Game of Thrones’ fans.

A ban on new restaurants may be Dubrovnik’s next line of defence against overtourism, Julia Buckley reported for CNN Travel.

The Croatian city’s mayor, Mato Frankovic, told Buckley that the ban would prohibit restaurants from adding outside tables and chairs. Because of limited space, this would effectively ban new restaurant business, he confirmed.

The city council owns Dubrovnik’s public spaces and will vote on the proposal in December, according to Buckley.

“They can open inside, but knowing the Old City it’s very hard to find a place where you can work inside,” Frankovic said. “Ninety-nine per cent of restaurants work mainly with outside tables.”

Even if a restaurant closes, a new one won’t be able to take its place with the ban in place, Buckley noted.

In recent years, Dubrovnik has experienced a surge in tourism because of its role as the fictional city of King’s Landing in the popular TV series “Game of Thrones.” According to the Croatia Times, Dubrovnik has experienced record tourism in 2019.

Dubrovnik joins a growing list of cities and towns buckling under the weight of overtourism

Cities around the world are taking measures to combat overtourism. Venice plans to ban large cruise ships from its canal beginning in 2022, Kieran Corcoran previously reported for Business Insider. In July, Rome instituted a $US450 fine for anyone sitting on the historic Spanish Steps, Evie Carrick reported for Insider.

Similar to Dubrovnik, Maya Beach in Thailand experienced a surge in popularity as a result of the 2000 movie “The Beach” featuring Leonardo DiCaprio. Last year, it closed to tourists until June 2021 to preserve the marine ecosystem, Karla Cripps and Kocha Olarn reported for CNN in May.

The negative effects of overtourism include overcrowding, pricing locals out of real estate, and environmental damage, Annie Lowrey wrote for The Atlantic in June. And overtourism doesn’t appear to be dying down. As Lowrey aptly observed: “Like breakfast margaritas on an all-inclusive cruise, it is suddenly everywhere.”

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