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Greece’s culture shock
The country's new admission fees
Greece is chronically short of revenue so in October the country’s Central Archaeological Council approved plans to charge travellers more to enter the country's main archeological sites and museums. Beginning January 1, 2016, admission to the Acropolis in Athens will likely increase from €12 to €20 (or about $18 to $30). Entry to the Knossos ruins in Crete, the ancient Minoan palace that’s considered Europe’s oldest city, will jump 150 percent from €6 to €15 ($9 to $22). The new full prices will be effective April to November; they’ll be reduced by 50 percent the rest of the year. The hikes will reportedly raise at least €21 million for the Greek government. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, tourism accounted for seven percent of the country's €11.8 billion Gross Domestic Product in 2014.
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