Too Many Tourists? Admission Fees for Kenting National Park will Increase Next Year

Too Many Tourists? Admission Fees for Kenting National Park will Increase Next Year
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In order to sustain the environment and increase profits, Kenting National Park has decided to implement a new pricing system to help balance supply and demand. Admission fees will be charged at six attractions, including Mobitou Park and Guanshan, which were originally free, and ticket fares will also be adjusted at other places within the park.

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Kenting National Park is popular with tourists, but due to the recent influx of visitors, the quality of tourism in the area has decreased. In order to sustain the environment and increase profits, the park has decided to implement a new pricing system to help balance supply and demand. Admission fees will be charged at six attractions, including Mobitou Park and Guanshan, which were originally free, and ticket fares will also be adjusted at other places within the park.

Apple Daily reports, Eluanbi Park and Mobitou Park are the two main attractions within Kenting National Park. The area has seen its ups and downs in the number of tourists, but since the island opened up to Chinese tourists in 1997, Kenting became a must-visit site.

Statistics from the park show that 1.76 million visitors entered Eluanbi Park last year and 2.87 million people visited Mobitou Park. Though these numbers are record-breaking, they have also brought great pressure on the environment.

Liu Pei-dong of the park says the fee adjustment plans have been sent to the Ministry of Finance to audit and will be implemented next January once approved.

UDN reports, the park will make adjustments to the environment maintenance fees at Eluanbi and Mobitou according to the Charges and Fees Act. It will issue announcements on the park website in line with procedures. The park states the National Treasury Administration is requesting cancellation of student discount tickets due to the tickets not having sources of law. Discount tickets for the elderly, children and physically challenged people and group tickets will remain the same. The park is also considering free admission for the people of Hengchun Township.

In addition to the two popular attractions, Guanshan, which has been named as one of the most beautiful sunset sceneries in the world by CNN, will charge NT$ 60 (approximately US$ 2) per person as environment maintenance fee.

The park states that the fare adjustments is bound to affect the number of tourists and estimates a decrease of 20% to 30%, but expects an annual revenue of over a hundred million NT dollars (approximately US$ 3 million). It hopes that the admission fees will enhance tourism quality of the park and sustain the environment at the same time.

Translated by Olivia Yang

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