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Plans for £262M Eiffel Tower upgrade unveiled

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The mayor of Paris is seeking approval for a £262M upgrade programme for the Eiffel Tower.

Proposals include new reception spaces and refurbishment of one of the lower levels, as well as better queue management and elevator upgrades.

Investments for the 15 year programme will amount to £17.5M per year, compared to £12M of annual investment today. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo is expected to request funding at the next Council of Paris meeting later this month.

Hidalgo wants to strengthen the city’s tourist attractions to support Paris’ bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the 2025 World Expo.

The Eiffel Tower was commissioned for the Universal Exhibition of 1889. Today it is the symbol of Paris and one of the most visited attractions in the world, attracting 6M visitors per year.

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