Croatian holiday island Hvar to fine lewd, rude and drunk tourists
Fed-up mayor of destination popular with young British fun-seekers tries to stop debauchery with penalties of up to 700
The mayor of Croatias popular party resort island of Hvar has pledged to put an end to debauchery by mostly British tourists by slapping them with huge fines.
Signs reading Save Your Money and Enjoy Hvar were put up at the weekend at the entrances to the towns centre, graphically detailing offences and the corresponding penalties, local media reported.
The highest fine, 700 (620) is for public alcohol-drinking, eating or sleeping.
Other unwelcome behaviour includes tourists walking around in swimsuits in Hvars historic centre, risking a 600 fine, while those not wearing a top could pay 500.
Newly elected mayor Rikardo Novak had earlier pledged he would make decent young tourists visiting the biggest town on one of the most popular southern Croatian islands.
They are vomiting in town, urinating on every corner, walking without T-shirts crawling around, unconscious, Novak told local media in June, announcing measures to change such behaviour. Young tourists are welcome, but they will have to learn how to behave here.
His reactions were sparked also by articles in British tabloids which described the Croatian island destination as a place of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Last month the mayor of Novalja, on the northern island of Pag, also complained about young mostly British tourists visiting his town. Mayor Ante Dabo warned against what he called their primitivism, nakedness and drunkenness.
Like Hvar, in recent years Novalja has become known as a summer party destination for young tourists.
Tourism is a major industry for Croatia. Visitors flock to its stunning Adriatic coast, which has more than 1,000 islands and islets.
Last year the Balkan country welcomed nearly 16 million visitors, far outstripping its population of 4.2 million people.
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