Tenerife announces start date for entry fees in protected areas

Tenerife announces start date for entry fees in protected areas

The Tenerife Cabildo has taken one step closer to introducing entrance fees for holidaymakers visiting natural spaces and protected areas on the island, such as Teide National Park, by agreeing on a start date in their plenary session on Friday (April 26th), by announcing that it will be implemented on January 1st, 2025.

The entrance fees, or Eco-tax, are designed to bolster and safeguard the island’s protected natural areas, marking a pivotal moment in Tenerife’s commitment to environmental conservation.

The decision to introduce this tax was made after experts meticulously analysed its legal and economic implications. The proposed fee aims to provide crucial support for the upkeep of services within these areas while enhancing their conservation efforts, with 100% of the money being reinvested back into the protected areas.

With tourist footfall increasing, especially post-pandemic, iconic spots like Teide National Park, the Masca Valley, the Anaga Biosphere Reserve, and Teno Rural Park are facing mounting pressures. The eco-tax aims to address these challenges head-on by guaranteeing funding for their preservation and sustainable management.

This initiative is not merely a tax imposition but part of a comprehensive strategy to modernise the island’s management practices. Measures such as managing visitor flow, optimising parking infrastructure, improving signage, and bolstering surveillance will all benefit from this charge and will ultimately enhance the visitor experience.

As confirmed on Friday, all revenue generated from entry fees will be dedicated to conserving, maintaining, and enhancing Tenerife’s natural landscapes, ensuring their longevity for generations to come.

Additionally, plans are underway to introduce new services like improved access points and informative resources to enrich visitors’ understanding and appreciation of these natural wonders that Tenerife has to give.

Tenerife announces start date for entry fees in protected areas