Tick­ets for mu­se­ums, sites to rise

In­creases, to ap­ply dur­ing tourist sea­son next year, aim to off­set lost rev­enue

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

En­trance fees for Greek mu­se­ums and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites are to in­crease sig­nif­i­cantly, dou­bling and even tripling in some cases, dur­ing next year’s tourist sea­son, from April to Oc­to­ber.

Fol­low­ing ap­proval by Greece’s Cen­tral Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Coun­cil late on Tues­day, the ad­mis­sion fee for Greece’s an­cient sites is to rise next year as part of a bid by Greek author­i­ties to raise rev­enue and bring prices closer to those charged in other Euro­pean coun­tries for ac­cess to mu­se­ums. The price of tick­ets will only in­crease from April to Oc­to­ber, Greece’s ex­tended tourist sea­son, but the rest of the year they will re­main at the cur­rent level, ac­cord­ing to the plan.

One of the sharpest in­creases is for the Acrop­o­lis Mu­seum, where a ticket will cost 20 eu­ros com­pared to 12 eu­ros now. En­trance to the Na­tional Ar­chaeo- log­i­cal Mu­seum in Athens will see a more mod­est hike, from 7 to 10 eu­ros, as will tick­ets for the Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Mu­seum of Irak­lio on Crete, which will rise to 10 eu­ros from 6. En­trance to the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site at Knos­sos will cost 15 eu­ros be­tween April and Oc­to­ber, com­pared to 6 eu­ros now.

Other sites cur­rently charg­ing very low prices will see sig­nif­i­cant in­creases, such as the ar- chae­o­log­i­cal site at Am­phipo­lis, where a ticket will rise to 6 eu­ros rather than the cur­rent 2.

Author­i­ties hope the planned change will bring in some 21 mil­lion eu­ros. It is hoped that the rev­enue will off­set the amount lost fol­low­ing a de­ci­sion by the first SYRIZA-led gov­ern­ment to abol­ish the 5-euro fee for vis­its to state hos­pi­tals, a se­nior Cul­ture Min­istry of­fi­cial told Kathimerini.

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