SANParks explains why foreign visitors pay more than locals to visit parks

Table Mountain National Park took a decision in 2017 to adjust fees and differentiate prices between local and foreign tourists, charging the latter more.

It took this decision in order to align the fees with the rest of SANParks where differential fees had been implemented since 2003.

It seems some visitors are not happy with this decision and want to know on what basis this revision was made.

Janine Raftopoulos, the head of communications for SANParks, responds to criticism about their differential entry fees for locals and foreign visitors.

Economically it was not viable to charge the rate we were charging, so we needed to bring Table Mountain National Park in line with other parks.

Janine Raftopoulos, SANParks communications head

We were benchmarking against other world iconic sites.

Janine Raftopoulos, SANParks communications head

In addition, Raftopoulos says costs have gone up in South Africa and the veld fire aftermath requires costly maintenance.

The fire that just happened on Lion's Head, all these are added costs and we try to build that into the budget but these are runaway costs. We have to have contingency plans.

Janine Raftopoulos, SANParks communications head

Increasing the fees and having differential fees is only fair and for local South Africans we on a big push to ensure that our parks remain affordable to people who wouldn't normally go to parks.

Janine Raftopoulos, SANParks communications head

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : SANParks explains why foreign visitors pay more than locals to visit parks


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