Examining park fees in Tanzania
Last year, CSF collaborated with Tanzania National Parks(TANAPA) on an analysis to help the country set its park entrance fees. The study looked at the relationship between expected visitation and entrance fee levels, and found that price sensitivity varies widely by park. The study’s recommendations considered these differences, as well as visitors’ perceptions about a range of issues related to fees, management decisions, and park conditions. Implementation of the study’s recommendations would generate a predicted 25% increase in revenues – providing much needed funds for park management – without negatively effecting visitation. Over the past six months, the study has been used by TANAPA in its fee deliberations with stakeholders, and new fees are set to go into effect soon. Details are now available in our discussion paper entitled, "Tourists' Willingness to Pay to Visit Tanzania's National Parks: A Contingent Valuation Study."