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Admission Prices Set To Rise At Main Tourist Attractions

Tuesday October 30, 2012

Admission Prices Set To Rise At Main Tourist Attractions

Admission prices at Lanzarote’s main tourist attractions are about to rise, as after eight years of maintaining prices at the same level the government of Lanzarote is about to change the pricing structure to try and make up for a fall in revenue between 2011 and 2012. 

Ticket sales during 2011 accounted for €15.4 million in revenue, whilst this year between January and September, the same activity has so far only raised 10.8 million Euros, a decrease of 9.22%.In addition, there has been a significant decline in visitor numbers between this year and last, with 9% less people passing through the doors.

The likelihood is that the main attractions, such as the Fire Mountains, Jameos del Agua and Cueva de los Verdes will all see their ticket prices rise by €1 , as the cost for adults to enter rises from €8 to €9 Euros. The Cactus Garden tariff is likely to move from €5 to €5.50, whilst the Museum of International Contemporary Art will go from €2.50 to €4.

However, the entrance price for the Mirador del Rio is unlikely to go up, as this is apparently the attraction that receives the most complaints about its prices. Some visitors even choose not to pay the admission fee and walk to the side of the building to see the view. A new discounted tariff is also under discussion, for days when visibility of La Graciosa is impeded by clouds, which would cut the price by 40% to €2.70.

Admission charges for local residents are also set to rise, from 50 cents for admission to the Castillo de San José, the Cactus Garden and the Mirador del Rio to €1.60, €1.80 and €2.20 respectively.  Whilst it will also be more expensive for locals to visit the Timanfaya National Park, the Jameos del Agua and the Cueva de los Verdes where prices will go up from €1 to €3.60.

The new prices have yet to come into effect, as they have to be approved by the Cabildo of Lanzarote. It is likely that they will be introduced at some point in 2013. 

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