Manila, Jan. 8 -- wned tourism facilities in Ilocos Norte may cost a little higher this year to cover operational expenses and maintenance.

Ian Ree Raquel, head of the Provincial Tourism Office, said the proposed entrance fees will range from PHP30 to PHP50 per head from the usual PHP15 to PHP40 per head.

"We are proposing the increase in entrance fees of our tourism facilities being managed by the provincial government to further improve our services including the hiring of more personnel for the upkeep of the sites," said Raquel on Tuesday.

For big tour groups visiting the province, Raquel said the Provincial Tourism Office offers incentives such as discounts of up to a maximum of 20 percent.

Meanwhile, residents of Ilocos Norte are g...