Greece hikes prices at tourist attractions to help pay debts (video)

Greece Hikes Prices at Tourist Sites to Help Pay Debts
Greece Hikes Prices at Tourist Sites to Help Pay Debts


Entry to Greece's tourist sites will become more expensive next year as the country plans to boost revenue to help pay off its debts.

The Central Archaeological Council has approved plans to increase ticket prices across Greece's main museum and archaeological sites from 1 January 2016.

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According to CNBC, media reports suggest that sites such as the Acropolis Museum in Athens could see a price hike from 12 to 20 euros. Tickets for the National Archaeological Museum could increase from 7 to 10 euros.

The Greek government is expected to raise at least 21 million euros.

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Officials reportedly said the country's 200 state museums would also see a rise in ticket prices, according to the Guardian.

Greek travel agents fear the drastic change in prices could drive visitors away from Greece.

Lysandros Tsilidis, the president of the federation of Greek travel agents, told the Guardian: "The value-added tax hikes on all goods and tourism services, as well as the announced increases to the ticket prices of museums and archaeological sites, burden the travel package so much that it will become uncompetitive in the end."

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