Growth, growth and only growth, until when growth?Dubrovnik continues to achieve record tourist results in the first eight months! According to the data of the system for registration and deregistration of tourists E-visitor, not counting data from nautical, from January 1 to August 31, 2018, 921 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik, which is 531% more than in the same period in 6 . This year, three million overnight stays were realized five days earlier than last year. As of August 31, 2018, 3 overnight stays were realized, ie 063% more than last year. In the first eight months, the most numerous tourists were from the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia, Croatia, Finland and Norway. From 1 January to 31 August this year, 472 guests stayed in hotel accommodation, which is an increase of 871% compared to last year, and 5 overnight stays were realized, 1% more than last year. In the first seven months of this year, there were 573 arrivals in private accommodation, ie 658% more than in the same period last year, and 2 overnight stays, which is 335% more than in 980. Currently, almost 20 tourists stay in Dubrovnik. From 000 August to 1 August, 31 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik (226% more than in August 771), and 7 overnight stays were realized (3% more than in August 2017). The most numerous tourists in August were from the following countries: the United Kingdom, France, Italy, the United States, Spain, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Croatia and the Netherlands, according to the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.Champagne is opening for another record season, and it is this uncontrolled growth that is destroying the entire city. It destroys the freedom that the city is so proud of. Free movement of the local population, because the citizens of Dubrovnik can no longer normally go to the store, post office, pharmacy, doctor normalno due to the incredible crowds, the inability to park and move.Growth in itself is not a purposeGrowth in itself is not a purpose. For when more that growth, certainly not for the domestic economy and the local population because the citizens of Dubrovnik have long since lost their city. It is this famous fascination with numbers that will lead us to ruin, in fact we are already unaware of it. We live on rent from the sun and the sea, ie positional rent. The biggest profit from tourism is on VAT, and instead of encouraging the local economy through tourism that connects various industries vertically and horizontally, we encourage imports.We fall for eggs, potatoes, mussels, lettuce… What is Dubrovnik’s daily need for home-made eggs? It is a question and a challenge that we have to deal with.When we are so successful and intoxicated with statistics, why do we have a problem with the workforce? Why are there no students enrolled as waiters at the Ambroz Haračić High School in Lošinj this year, while only two students at Rab have enrolled in the profession?We have destroyed the profession, the workforce, the local economy, destinations are cracking at our seams and our main natural resource.For the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik, the Institute of Tourism conducts a large survey “Attitudes and consumption of tourists and visitors in Dubrovnik – TOMAS Dubrovnik 2018”. It will be interesting to see the final results. Dubrovnik is unfortunately a destination for half or a day, it does not tell its story about the achievements and power of the Republic of Dubrovnik, as if it only makes sense to walk through the walls and take a selfie to brag that someone was in Dubrovnik.The only direction is strategic and sustainable tourism, the rest leads to ruin in the long run.