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1. Posted by sarah0815 (Inactive 2 posts) 6y

Hey,

as an exercise on how to write a scientific paper, I want to compare the prices that some tourist attractions charge foreign tourist to the ones they charge local people. I will account for income per capita and cost of living.

So I am looking for the following information:
- tourist attractions that charge two separate admission fees based on nationality (foreign or local)
- their current prices
- documentation of the prices e.g. travel guide, website (since I can't cite 'some guy from a forum')

I know a couple myself but I would like to get a good worldwide overview. If you know of any places and/or where I can find this information, please let me know. Other suggestions and tips are welcome as well. :)

Thank you very much. Your help is much appreciated.

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 6y

The one place I know of where it is supercommon to charge 2 prices (one for locals and one for tourists) is Egypt. Almost all attractions have 2 prices there. Usually the local price is also granted to visitors from other Arab countries. At Petra, Jordan a similar practise is in use.

http://www.visitjordan.com/visitjordan_cms/wire/JORDANHIGHLIGHTS/tabid/487/itemId/428/IssueId/4/Default.aspx
http://www.your-guide-to-aqaba-jordan.com/petra_tickets.html
http://petranationaltrust.org/UI/ShowContent.aspx?ContentId=70

Entrance fees for Petra: Jordanians and Residents : 1JD per person, per day. Non-Jordanians - one day entry 21 JD per person - two day entry 26 JD per person ...

Egypt:
http://www.egyptprivateguide.com/entrancefees.htm
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g294201-c85221/Cairo:Egypt:New.Entrance.Fees.From.November.2008.html

The above links lists prices in Egypt for Western Tourists, IIRC the prices are much lower for Egyptians. I would say Egyptians pay 10-20 % of what Western Tourists pay. To get more accurate numbers you might want to ask a question in the Middle East section of this forum and use the pull down option "ask the travel helpers about Egypt" - then you will get replies from people who actually live in Egypt. Or check out the other forums like Lonely Planet Thorntree, Virtualtourist and Yahoo!Answers Travel Egypt.

3. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

Tikal, in Guatemala, charges two different prices. DOn't know how you'd find the documentation though

Huggy Bear.

4. Posted by sarah0815 (Inactive 2 posts) 6y

Thank you very much. That is all very helpful. I also tried to contact the tourism bureaus for some countries but no luck so far.
And t_maia thanks also for the tip with forum.
:)

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 6y

Taj Mahal in India has separate pricing too. From memory, so does the Hermitage in St Petersburg (and probably all the major attractions in Russia for that matter)

6. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 6y

National Parks, Museums and just about everything else in Kenya have two prices (even three or four in some instances).

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 6y

From memory, so does the Hermitage in St Petersburg (and probably all the major attractions in Russia for that matter)

I was in St. Pete's in Dec 2006, I cannot remember any different prices for foreigners and Russians. AFAIK entrance fee for the Hermitage hovers between 8-12 EUR (depending upon the exchange rate of the rouble) for the main building if you wait in line at the front entrance. (You can buy tickets in advance online, but they are more expensive because you have to pay in USD.) Students can get in for free, btw.

Seperate prices for foreigners and locals used to be a common practise all over Eastern Europe in the 90's and it always got some comments. Germans who ate in Czech Restaurants and saw only the Czech prices on the menu usually got quite upset when they were asked to pay significantly more when the bill came just because they were Germans. The practise of seperate prices got gradually abolished around 2000. IIRC it was one of the results of the fact that many Eastern European countries would be joining the EU in 2004.

8. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 6y

Argentina has different prices for the National Park in Calafate (Perito Moreno Glacier)
tourist pay 30 pesos, locales pay 10 pesos

In Ecuador the tourists pay $ 100.00 by arrival on the Galapagos Islands.
Ecuadorian residents paid nothing when I was there,the had also discount on the flights.

9. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 6y

Quoting t_maia

From memory, so does the Hermitage in St Petersburg (and probably all the major attractions in Russia for that matter)

I was in St. Pete's in Dec 2006, I cannot remember any different prices for foreigners and Russians. AFAIK entrance fee for the Hermitage hovers between 8-12 EUR (depending upon the exchange rate of the rouble) for the main building if you wait in line at the front entrance.

I was there in '04, so it sounds like it probably changed since then. I distinctly remember there being separate prices though. Personally I didn't really mind it - a lot of these institutions are partly paid for out of local people's taxes. Only fair enough that they should get a discount :) And it would do a lot to encourage people who couldn't otherwise afford a visit to drop by.

10. Posted by pointless (Budding Member 33 posts) 6y

In Thailand, everywhere you go they always have a different fee for all tourists / foreigners.
Multiply the local fee by 3 to 10. But because it is written in their own language some wouldn't even know what's happening.