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Some contemporary sociogeographic processes in the historical old city of Dubrovnik

Author(s): Antonije Đukić | Senta Jerković

Journal: Geoadria
ISSN 1331-2294

Volume: 13;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 207;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: historical old city | depopulation | social geographic diferentiation

Historical centers of European cities are continually adapting to modern developments. This trend has also caught the historical old city of Dubrovnik. Requirements for new tourist products have influenced its transformation. Daily visits have made it possible for the old city to be "exploited" as a unique tourist resource. This process has started some negative population trends. The number of citizens in the old city fell from 5181 to 1241 during the period 1953-2006. The socio-economic structure has separated into two levels, seasonal and out of season. Today there are three times more work positions in the old city than citizens. The number of visitors of the old city is huge. In the summer months the historic city receives 30,000 to 40,000 visitors daily. From this number 87.7% are tourists. In the last few years this process has been enhanced by cruising tourism. In this way the historic old city has developed into a cultural tourist product.
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