In a bid to address the pressing need for renovation work on the iconic Eiffel Tower, the Paris city council convened on Friday, May 24, to make a pivotal decision: a 20% increase in adult admission prices effective from next month. 

The move, intended to alleviate the financial strain on the Eiffel Tower operator SETE, signals a proactive approach to preserve one of the world’s most cherished landmarks.


Currently, visitors embark on their ascent to the summit of the Eiffel Tower for €29.40 ($31.90). However, by June 17, that fee will rise to €35.30, marking a significant adjustment aimed at bolstering resources for the vital restoration efforts. 

The decision was not made lightly, as the council also endorsed a recapitalization plan for SETE, coupled with a reduction in the annual operating fee levied on the operator.

The backdrop against which these measures were taken is one of financial turmoil exacerbated by the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

With a drastic decline in visitor numbers and escalating renovation costs, SETE found itself plunged into a deep deficit, amounting to approximately €120 million over 2020 and 2021. 

The shortfall, coupled with the imperative need for extensive maintenance work, including a much-needed paint job, underscored the urgency of the situation.

Earlier this year, the strains felt by SETE manifested in a strike staged by Eiffel Tower staff, echoing the sentiments of unions who decried what they deemed as inadequate investment. 


Their concerns, rooted in the insufficiency of a previous recapitalization effort amounting to €60 million, highlighted the critical importance of sustained financial support for the preservation of this architectural marvel.

The decision to raise admission prices reflects a delicate balance between the need for financial solvency and the desire to maintain accessibility to one of Paris’s most emblematic attractions. 

While the increase may pose a burden for some visitors, it is a necessary step to ensure the longevity and structural integrity of the Eiffel Tower for generations to come.

Furthermore, the council’s endorsement of a recapitalization plan signals a commitment to addressing the root causes of SETE’s financial woes, recognizing the importance of robust investment in the upkeep of cultural heritage sites. 

By lowering the annual operating fee charged to SETE, the council aims to provide the operator with the necessary breathing room to navigate the challenges ahead while fulfilling its custodial responsibilities.

As Paris gradually emerges from the shadows of the pandemic, the decision to bolster support for the Eiffel Tower stands as a testament to the city’s unwavering dedication to preserving its rich cultural heritage. 

In the face of adversity, Paris City Hall has demonstrated leadership and foresight, ensuring that the Eiffel Tower continues to stand tall as a symbol of ingenuity, resilience, and timeless beauty.


This article was created using automation and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our staff editorial members


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