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Paris plans to invest €300 million to shorten Eiffel Tower queues

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Paris plans to invest €300 million to shorten Eiffel Tower queues
AFP
10:33 CET+01:00
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has put forward plans to invest €300 million over the next 15 years to improve the Eiffel Tower for tourists, with the main aim being to cut queues.

Proposed upgrades aim to reduce those infamous queues by creating new welcome areas and systems for managing peak times.

The investment will aim to cut the queues both to get in to the famous Iron Lady and then subsequent waits on the first and second levels.

Plans also include giving the monument a new face lift.  

The sparkling lights seen every evening over Paris will be upgraded, so we can expect to see an even more impressive light-show.

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Photo: AFP

New painting and cleaning work will take place such as modernizing part of the second level, and some of the lifts.

The 300 million will be spread out over the 15 years in 20 million-a-year installments, this is a sizeable increase from the current 13.7 million a year invested in the tower.

These upgrades come as Paris is hoping to win the nomination of host city for the 2024 Olympics as well as the World Expo in 2025.

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Photo: Sathish J/ Flickr

“The upgrade will be carried out between now and the Olympic and Paralympic games in 2024. The Eiffel Tower will be at the heart of festivities capable of responding to the challenges of a rise in visitor numbers” said deputy Paris mayor Francois Martins.

“The City Hall will not only protect this heritage but also ensure that it preserves its iconic power for years to come”. 

by Rose Trigg

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