Yucatan Postpones Chichen Itza Ticket Increase to 2012

June 27th, 2010 by ejalbright

Under pressure from the state’s tourism entrepreneur’s, Cultur, the state agency in charge of Chichen Itza, has delayed a ticket increase to 2012, the Diario de Yucatan has reported.

To pay for the $230 million (Mexican) purchase of the main archaeological zone of Chichen Itza, officials from Cultur announced it would increase ticket prices at Chichen Itza and Uxmal by more than 70 percent, but only on foreign tourists. The announcement met with widespread disapproval from various sectors:

— From the vendors who invade Chichen Itza every day to sell trinkets to tourists; they claim their business is already down 80 percent and that more than half of the 800 vendors who previously sold at Chichen Itza have now moved on to other locations such as Playa del Carmen, or the federal highway.

— From INAH, the federal agency that oversees Chichen Itza and which also collects a portion of the ticket revenue; Officials last week said it would allow no ticket increases, although it was unclear if it was speaking only about that portion that is responsible for;

— From tourist businesses, who said such an increase would be devastating, especially since admission to Chichen Itza and Uxmal have guaranteed rates through March of next year.

In a meeting closed to the press, Cultur officials met with representatives of tourism businesses, and by the end agreed to postpone the increase until January 2012. Also, the increase would be limited to 50 pesos, and not 60 as had been originally announced.

The current ticket price to enter Chichen Itza is $116 (Mexican), which is $9.16 US at today’s rates. Of that, 65 pesos goes to Cultur and 51 to INAH.

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