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Paris Raises Eiffel Tower Ticket Prices by 20% in Attempt to Save the Iconic Landmark

Visitors to the Eiffel Tower in Paris will have to pay €35 instead of €29.10, as the Paris municipality has decided to raise the fee in an effort to increase the maintenance of the landmark.

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The measure entered into force on June 17, 2024, and applies to all adult visitors, who will have to pay 20 per cent more than they used to, including here children aged between four and eleven, as well as youngsters up to 24 years old, Schengen.News reports.

The attraction, which is the tenth most visited monument in the world, is struggling to reach its pre-pandemic visitor numbers. On top of that, disagreements between SETE, the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE), the public company operating the landmark, and Paris City Hall have also impacted the monument’s visitor numbers.

Will the Delayed Repainting of the Monument Impact Its Perseverance?

On December 2023, Gustave Eiffel, the French engineer who built the tower, marked the 100th anniversary of his death. The ideator of the monument had said that in order for the tower to maintain its metal structure, the tower had to be repainted every seven years.

However, the instructions were not followed in 2020, which was painted 11 years after the previous repainting operation.

The tower is being repainted, and its maintenance costs have soared, especially ahead of the Olympics 2024, which will be hosted in Paris between July 26 and August 11.

SETE says that more funds are needed for several reasons; starting with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to them, as France 24 reports, due to a drop in tourism, €113 million less was earned due to the pandemic, while maintenance costs have increased.

The 360 employees working in maintaining the tower say that delays caused by both the Paris City Hall and SETE caused the bill to increase to this point.

Over 6 Million People Visited Eiffel in 2023

According to Statista data, the monument was visited by 6.32 million people in 2023, an increase from 5.85 million visitors recorded in 2022.

This shows that the number of visitors reached pre-pandemic levels when 6.14 million people visited the tower. However, it is not yet close to the 2014 levels when the number of visitors reached 7.1 million.

One of the reasons for this fluctuation is related to maintenance and the tower being closed during certain times, as was the case in February of 2024.

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