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Should foreign tourists be charged more than local residents?
It is sometimes argued that tourists from overseas should be charged more than local residents to visit important sits and monuments. I completely disagree with this idea.
The argument in favor of higher prices would be that cultural and historical attractions often depend on state subsidies to keep them going, which means that local resident population already pays money to these sites through the tax system. However, I believe that is to be a shortsighted view. Foreign tourists contribute to the economy of host countries with the money they spend on a wide range of goods and services, such as food, souvenirs, accommodation and travel.
If travellers realized that they would have to pay more to visit the cultural and historical attractions in a particular nation, they would perhaps decide not to go to that country on holiday. Take the UK as an example, the tourism industry and related jobs rely on tourists from overseas coming to the country to see places like Windsor Castle or Sanit Paul's Cathedral. These two sites charge the same prices regardless of nationality,and this helps to promote the nation's cultural heritage. If travellers stopped coming to these areas due to higher prices, there would be a risk of insufficient funding for the maintainenance of these important attractions.
In conclusion, I believe that every effort should be made to attract tourists from overseas, and it would be counterproductive to make them pay more than local residents.