The Eiffel Tower
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Gustave Eiffel’s remarkable tower traversed the XXth century becoming, little by little, a key symbol of Paris, France and of Europe. To run it, the city of Paris wanted to establish a body equipped to deal with issues relating to the new century…la Société d'Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE).
Created in 2005, SETE was elected by the Paris City Council to maintain and run the Eiffel Tower. With almost 7 million visitors to the Tower each year, SETE’s aim is primarily to modernise its facilities, reception areas and the services offered to visitors, while following an approach in line with sustainable development and ensuring the maintenance of a high level of security.
A PUBLIC SERVICE AUTHORITY FOR TEN YEARS
An agreement, signed with the city of Paris, defined SETE’s various tasks, within the framework of its public service authority status, until 2015:
SETE’s mandate extends to the assets placed at its disposal by the city of Paris:
A FRONT-RANK SHAREHOLDING
SETE is a limited public-private company in which the city of Paris, the monument’s owner, has a 59.9% shareholding,leaving the remaining capital held by Dexia Crédit Local, Eiffage, Safidi SA (EDF group), Ufipar (LVMH group) and Unibail Participations, whose stake is 8% each and 0.01% held by the Paris Tourism and Congress Office.
Almost 600 people are responsible for making the Eiffel Tower run each day. Half of them are employed by SETE, the other half by the sub-concessionaries (souvenir sales points, buffets and restaurants, telescopes, Automated Teller Machines on the forecourt, behind-the-scenes tours of the Eiffel Tower) and sub-occupants (police, fire brigade, la Poste, Météo France).
SETE has formed alliances with leading partners to guarantee visitors to the Eiffel Tower high quality services.
Some areas of the Tower have been granted to sub-occupants:
The SETE administration council :