Game of Thrones: Tourism in Dubrovnik, Croatia
In 2018, Game of Thrones, a widely popular television series, had inspired a significant increase in tourism to one of its filming locations: Dubrovnik, Croatia. The economy in Croatia, in general, and Dubrovnik, in particular, relied significantly on tourism. However, the popularity of the television series had led to overwhelming tourist traffic in the area. During the peak tourist season, the city now suffered from serious overcrowding. In addition, the city was at risk of losing its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In response, the city had begun to engage in demarketing efforts. Would these efforts be successful in both managing the high demand for tourism in the area and creating a sustainable tourism industry? Karen Robson is affiliated with University of Windsor.