Greece to Launch E-ticket System for Museums, Sites

Ansa Med, April 20, 2015

In efforts to tap into the benefits of the country's archaeological offerings, Greece' deputy Culture Minister Nikos Xydakis told a press conference that the ministry had decided to introduce e-tickets for access to archaeological sites and to enrich art and museum items sold in museum shops. The e-ticket, which is expected to allow access initially to the seven archaeological sites surrounding the Acropolis (Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Keramikos, Theater of Dionysus and Hadrian's Library) is set to launch in mid-June, just ahead of the summer tourist season. The e-ticket program, to later include 13 additional sites throughout the country including Knossos, Lindos, Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae and Epidavros, is scheduled to be fully operational by March 2016 and applicable at all archaeological sites and museums in Greece. In the meantime, the minister added that admission fees to museums and archaeological sites will increase, adding however that free access days had been planned throughout the year. The main goal of the Greek Archaeological Receipts Fund (TAP) is to ensure the best commercial utilisation of the country's museums and archaeological sites

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