GETTYSBURG, Pa. - In 2015, a report completed by the National Park Service shows 1.2 million people visited Gettysburg National Military Park and/or the Eisenhower National Historic Site. The tourists spent $71.1 million in the local area and the spending assisted in creating nearly 1,000 jobs.
For the first time in five years, the Gettysburg Foundation is asking for a fee increase for multiple Gettysburg attractions. The increase would impact the Cyclorama painting, Film and Museum Experience at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor's Center. Furthermore, there would be fee increases for the Eisenhower National Historic Site, the David Wills House and tours by licensed guides.
The park would have to approve the increase. A letter has been submitted to the Park and now they are in the middle of a 30 day public comment period. If, at the end of the process, the increases are approved they would begin in January of 2017.
The money would go toward rising operating costs, artifact rotations, the increased costs to attract and retain employees, and the increased costs associated with having a safe, efficient place for people to visit.
"We had a sensitivity study done to look at the ability of visitors to be able to afford it and then, we looked at comparable attractions at 30-40 venues to see how that would be able to be absorbed," said Dan Bringman of the Gettysburg Foundation.
Here is a breakdown of how the ticket prices would be impact: