JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – The Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) is in the process of reviewing entrance fees for National Parks to maintain and sustain the institutions.
This move comes as the authority aims at achieving financially independence.
The increase is said to be the first price increase since 2009.
The Chief Executive of the authority, Selby Remy said previously the SNPA’s budget was insufficient to maintain and upgrade these services.
“The revised fees generated will be reinvested into the national parks,” said Remy.
SNPA currently manages six marine and three terrestrial national parks spread over the three main islands of Seychelles – a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean.
“Entrance fees to marine national parks have not changed since 2009 and are priced well below other sites,” said Remy.
Remy added that “going from a budget-dependent authority, to one that is able to retain its revenues, requires a new approach that is commercially viable and conservation-driven at the same time.”
SNPA has started to align user fees starting with the Curieuse marine national park. Its entrance fee will increase from $15 to $22 per non-resident on June 1, 2019. The entrance for residents remains free.
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