The worldwide success of the Game of Thrones (2011) series brought a series of consequences too. More fans wanted to come see for themselves the most stunning film locations in Croatia. The medieval citadel of Dubrovnik had significant growth in popularity among tourists. But some precautionary measures soon became necessary.
Protecting Film Locations In Croatia
The fictional city of King’s Landing was first a UNESCO World Heritage site. Before Dubrovnik reached its peak in popularity due to a drama series, it had a lot of historical value. And that is something that needed protection.
When film locations in Croatia got on fans’ radars, tourism boomed. So when the citadel started to become flooded by GOT fans and not only, the authorities had to react. They put in place some restrictions, to control the number of people that visit per day. For example, in 2016, more than 10,000 people were walking the medieval ramparts daily. The following year, the mayor tried to cap the number at 8,000 a day. The authorities feared that the city’s oldest buildings would suffer damage otherwise. Plus, they installed surveillance cameras to keep a close eye on the people entering the town. If put that way, you can feel like a GOT star strolling here, since cameras are watching your every move.
The new mayor took things up a notch and reduced the number of allowed visitors down to 4,000 per day. The aim was to protect this historical gem, but also improve the life of the local community. Restrictions also applied to the cruise ships stopping here.
While it may sound overprotective, these kinds of measures are becoming more common. Across Europe, many cities try to control the flux of incoming tourists. Since the pandemic, restrictions have expanded, and not only for film locations in Croatia.
The Bright Side Of Popularity
There are always two sides to the story when it comes to popularity. Lots of benefits come with success, that is for sure. And with power, comes great responsibility, the saying goes. That certainly applies to film locations in Croatia as well.
When talking about historical landmarks used as backdrops, extra care is necessary. It should be a priority to conserve patrimony, not just from the angle of shooting a sequel in the same set. And protecting World Heritage sites is both facilitated and made difficult by fame.
On one hand, more visitors translates to more income from tourists. And these can be the main funding source in some cases. The more people come to visit a building in ruins, the more funds authorities allocate for maintenance.
On the other hand, without a limitation for the number of people granted access, things get tricky. The overflow of tourists can accelerate the degradation of fragile elements. Imagine the pressure an ancient construction endures with 100 people visiting inside. Now imagine it with 10,000 people.
Thanks to the restrictions applied to visitors, filmmakers and fans can still hope. Dubrovnik and many other locations are well-protected and will still last for decades.