The vice president of the Cabildo de Tenerife and Minister of Tourism, Lope Afonso (PP), stated this Monday in a radio interview that charging for access to the Teide National Park “is an approach that must be seriously evaluated” and that this issue did not seem to him “no nonsense.” Furthermore, he added that this is not a “question of improvisation” but rather a matter of opening a “calm debate”, at the same time that he pointed out that this possibility had to be studied “quickly” so that it could come into force throughout 2024. However, a few hours later, Lope Afonso backed down, stating that what he said was just “a personal opinion, like a hypothetical scenario,” and that it is not on the Cabildo’s “roadmap.”
The Tourism Minister of Tenerife, open to charging for access to Teide: it will be difficult to make “exemptions” for residents
Regarding whether Canarian residents would pay this fee to access the National Park, the vice president stated in the interview that “it is one of the questions that have to be raised,” but that since it is “a fee, a tax figure, it is difficult have exceptions beforehand.” “We would then have to attend to other circumstances that could qualify the use by residents,” he added.
His words about charging Tenerife residents to access Teide have provoked numerous protest messages on social networks.