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#384810 - 07/29/10 06:14 PM Entrance fee increase at Archaeological sites
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Date: 22 July 2010
From: Institute of Archaeology, NICH
Re: Increase of Entrance Fees

Please be informed that effective 1 November 2010, and in accordance with Statutory Instrument #40 of 2010, the Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History will be introducing the following entrance fee structure to our archaeological parks:

Actun Tunichil Muknal: Bze. $50.00
Altun Ha: Bze. $20.00
Barton Creek: Bze. $20.00
Cahal Pech: Bze. $20.00
Caracol: Bze. $30.00
Cerros: Bze. $20.00
El Pilar: Bze. $20.00
Lamanai: Bze. $20.00
Lubaantun: Bze. $20.00
Nimli Punit: Bze. $20.00
Serpon Sugar Mill: Bze. $20.00
Xunantunich: Bze. $20.00
Nohoch Cheen: Bze. $20.00

Entrance to the parks on Sundays and Public Holidays will continue to be free for Belizeans and permanent residents. Entrance for students also remains free at all times providing their schools request a waiver from the IA prior to their visit.

Proceeds from the new fee structure will contribute significantly to the continued growth, preservation and development of our archaeological parks.


Jaime Awe Ph.D.
Institute of Archaeology
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#384893 - 07/30/10 02:11 PM Re: Entrance fee increase at Archaeological sites [Re: Short]
Barbara K Offline
wow. This will increase the tour rates as well.

#384897 - 07/30/10 02:45 PM Re: Entrance fee increase at Archaeological sites [Re: Barbara K]
elbert Offline
Most $20. bz and one 30.bz, except ATM and its $50.
Wow that was a killer trip, ATM was the most fun and adventure I've had above water in years!
I can understand it being more. That place is awesome and delicate.
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#384931 - 07/31/10 10:31 AM Re: Entrance fee increase at Archaeological sites [Re: elbert]
Katie Valk Offline
jaime awe

For weeks there have been reports among tourism stakeholders that a price increase at national parks and archeological sites would soon come on stream. A few days ago, the Director of the Institute of Archaeology, Jaime Awe, dispatched an email indicating that the fees at Actun Tunichil Muknal would have been raised to fifty dollars, Caracol to thirty dollars and eleven other sites including Xunantunich, Lamanai, Altun Ha and Cahal Pech would have been raised to twenty dollars. The proposed increase sounded alarm bells because it could discourage visitors to the sites. News Five spoke via phone today to Awe, who indicated why the increases are necessary but said that at the last minute, the increases have been put on hold indefinitely.

Via Phone: Jaime Awe, Director Institute of Archaeology

“For some years now the institute of Archeology and NICH had been planning to increase the entrance fees to the ecological parks. The reason for it was that, again, over the last seven years, we’ve invested easily more than thirteen million dollars in the parks. Many of these costs were as a result of improvements that stakeholders had asked for. For example, new parking space, new bathroom facilities, new access trails and we continue to invest monies. Over the last seven years we didn’t do any—in fat we have not increased entrance fees since 1980’s. so we decided it’s time for us to implement the increase. We were planning to do so for the coming tourist season. But some of the stakeholders called us and voiced a concern especially where the cruise industry is concerned. They need to pre-sell many of their packages in advance. So they were bothered that this increase might have seriously affect their revenues. As result, NICH decide we would hold back, defer the increase until further notice. So essentially that’s where we are.”

Whether or not changes would take place, entrance to the parks on Sundays and public holidays will continue to be free for Belizeans and permanent residents. Entrance for students also remains free at all times providing their schools request a waiver from the Institute of Archaeology prior to their visit. Awe also weighed in on the possibility that the Forest Department might be using a bidding process for future co-management of the country’s national parks. He said that the Archaeology Department, which co-manages parks with the Belize Audubon Society, will only be affected if BAS would lose its contract. Awe said that any new NGO would have to renegotiate a contract and terms of reference with the Archaeology Department.
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#384961 - 07/31/10 05:33 PM Re: Entrance fee increase at Archaeological sites [Re: Katie Valk]
shuffles Offline
Curious as to whether the tour companies will be able to purchase these admittance fees in advance and then add them to the price of the tour. HCSRA is nice because we can give guests their tickets and they don't have to take cash with them on a trip if they don't want to. Would be much easier if the trip price just went up and included the fees.
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#398615 - 01/26/11 08:46 PM Re: Entrance fee increase at Archaeological sites [Re: Short]
Tranquilo Traveler Offline
so these new fees are a done deal?


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