Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Kiwi Demand for Glasgow Games Tickets up 800 Percent

Kiwi Demand for Glasgow Games Tickets up 800 Percent

By Fleur Revell
13 March 2014

Strong Kiwi interest in ticket and travel packages to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has seen ticket sales up 800 percent on the previous 2010 Games.

Around 80 percent of New Zealand's ticket allocation for the 2014 Games were purchased within just two weeks of sales opening.

Two thousand New Zealand sporting fans have purchased 8,000 event tickets with high local demand for cycling, swimming, netball, hockey and athletics finals.

HOT Events managing director David Williams says New Zealanders seem to have a greater interest in the Glasgow Games, the number of Kiwis attending considerably higher than the 170 Kiwis who made it to the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games in India.

He says Kiwis have even found it easier to purchase the “well-priced” Games tickets, some as low as $NZD40, than those living in Scotland.

Williams, whose company has recently entered into a joint venture with NZOC and House of Travel, has exclusive rights to resell tickets to the Games, says many Scottish fans have struggled to purchase tickets to their preferred events as local demand for tickets has far exceeded their allotment. New Zealand residents have been more fortunate and are able to access tickets easier than their UK based friends and family.

"With their events tickets secured, many Kiwi supporters are choosing to travel in style and extend the trip to other parts of Europe, spending up to $20,000 per person for a more premium end-to-end experience with business class flights and 5 star accommodation included.

"Unlike the accommodation in other countries hosting Olympic and Commonwealth Games, Scotland has been strategic in keeping accommodation prices to a minimum" says Williams.

High demand for tickets to finals where Kiwis may be featured has meant New Zealand ticket supply for these events is 1200 less than required.

New Zealand Olympic Committee CEO Kereyn Smith says “we're delighted so many New Zealanders are able to support our team in Glasgow. It will be an outstanding event and having Kiwi fans there will make it even more special for our athletes as they make us proud."

Williams says more tickets are expected to be made available to Kiwi supporters in the next two weeks, and that tickets to finals such as netball and closing ceremony can still be purchased from New Zealand's pool of tickets.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Culture: Historic Māori Portraits Travel To The Czech Republic

Image credit: Gottfried Lindauer, Wahanui Reihana Te Huatare, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915 More>>

Art: Something Felt, Something Shared - Enjoy

Gabrielle Amodeo, Ruby Joy Eade, Clare McLean, Kalya Ward Curated by Emma Ng May 7 – 30, 2015 Opening: Wednesday May 6, 5.30pm Strange frequencies are channelled through personal narratives and poetic placeholders in Something felt, something ... More>>

Culture: Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015

Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015 Images from New Zealand Defence Force Click for big version A bugler plays The Last Post Click for big version A View from the top of the Carillion Click for big version Faces old and young Click for big ... More>>

Television: MediaWorks Announces Dancing With The Stars Hosts

MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars. More>>

Art: World Premiere Of In Pursuit Of Venus [infected]

World Premiere of in Pursuit of Venus [infected] opens this Saturday at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki More>>

Fashion: The 11th ID International Emerging Designer Winner Announced

Emerging Kiwi fashion designer Steve Hall has taken out the top prize at the 11th annual iD International Emerging Designer Awards held at the Town Hall in Dunedin, New Zealand. More>>

Review: Singin’ In The Rain

Singin’ in the Rain , the wet and wonderful musical production all the way from London’s West End, officially opened at St. James Theatre in Wellington. More>>

Francis Cook: Gallipoli: The Scale Of Our War – First Look

Te Papa today allowed media access to their new exhibition Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War . The exhibition was curated with help from Weta Workshop to deliver an immersive, realistic and even disorienting experience. More>>

ALSO:

Bats Theatre: Letters From The Front Brings ANZAC Letters Alive

Inspired by centenary commemorations, improv troupe Best on Tap is producing a show based on real-life letters sent to and from New Zealand soldiers in the First World War. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news