Louvre Museum to raise entrance fee ahead of Olympic Games

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Louvre Museum

10th December 2023 – (Paris) The iconic Louvre Museum, home to the world-famous Mona Lisa, has announced plans to increase its basic entrance fee by 29% next year, raising concerns that visitors attending the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris will encounter escalating costs.

In a statement released on Friday, the Louvre revealed that starting from January, the entrance fee would rise from 17 euros to 22 euros (US$23.70). This marks the first price hike since 2017 for the renowned museum, which attracts millions of visitors annually.

The Louvre cited the need to address higher energy costs and support initiatives such as providing free entry to specific groups, including individuals under the age of 18, teachers, and journalists, as the rationale behind the increased tariff.

While the statement did not explicitly mention the Olympic Games, the timing of the Louvre’s price adjustment coincides with other mounting expenses in Paris as the city gears up to host the prestigious event.

Paris is preparing to almost double the prices of metro tickets during the Olympic Games, which are scheduled to commence on July 26 next year. This, coupled with the Louvre’s entrance fee increase, raises concerns about the financial burden facing visitors during the anticipated sporting event.

Travellers planning to visit Paris next summer also confront significant accommodation challenges amidst skyrocketing hotel prices and stricter regulations on tourist apartment rentals. A report from the Paris tourism office indicates that hotel rates are projected to surge by over 300% between the 2023 and 2024 summer seasons.