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Tourist attractions may cut prices

SHANGHAI tourism authorities are considering a discount scheme at city attractions, following complaints that prices are too high.

Tourist attractions are expected to start offering discount tickets on a fixed day each week, said Dao Shuming, director of the Shanghai Tourism Bureau, speaking at the city's tourism work conference today.

He did not say which spots would be included.

Most attractions reported big jump of visitor numbers when they offered discount tickets on the "China Tourism Day" in May and during the Shanghai Tourism Festival in September.

On the May 19 tourism day - when 40 attractions offered half-price admission - the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum welcomed 20,000 visitors, up 355 percent on the same period last year; Madame Tussauds had 8,000 visitors, up 150 percent; and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower 24,000, an increase of 25 percent.

Some visitors who took advantage of the half-price deal said standard admission fees for tourist attractions are too high.


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