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Follow All Whites at the 2010 World Cup with Visa

PRESS RELEASE
Follow the All Whites at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ by Purchasing Tickets with Visa

New Zealand – December 5, 2009 – Following today’s Final Draw of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, New Zealand’s opening matches have been set and fans who want to follow their team throughout the tournament can purchase tickets through FIFA with their Visa card.

“Now that the opening matches of the FIFA World Cup™ have been set, the thrill and the excitement of the event is closer than ever,” said Sean Preston, Visa’s New Zealand Country Manager. “For those fans who want to attend the tournament, we want to make sure they are fully informed and prepared when it comes to purchasing tickets.”

For those who wish to join their team in South Africa, there are multiple ways to purchase tickets for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.
1. By participating in FIFA’s Third Ticket Sales Phase (December 5, 2009 – January 22, 2010). Learn more by visiting www.fifa.com/worldcup/organisation/ticketing/index.html
2. Tickets can be purchased through FIFA’s Tour Operators Program at one of more than 50 participating tour operators. A full list of official participating tour operators can be found at www.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/ticketing/01/03/02/39/pto_5.8.2009.pdf
3. Through MATCH Hospitality, FIFA’s worldwide exclusive Official Hospitality Program provider for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Hospitality Packages including match tickets are sold for all 64 2010 FIFA World Cup™ matches.
4. For fans looking to follow their country during the duration of the event, there is a Team Specific Ticket Series packages available for purchase.

For all methods of purchase, tickets are subject to availability.

Mr Preston said fans should be cautious of unauthorised operators claiming to sell tickets to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Tickets to the tournament can only be sold by companies who are commercially affiliated with FIFA including official FIFA Sponsors and Commercial Affiliates. More information can be found by visiting the Authorised Ticket Sales Channel page on FIFA.com: www.fifa.com/worldcup/organisation/ticketing/authorisedticket.html.

HOSPITALITY:
Corporate customers can purchase hospitality packages that include a 2010 FIFA World Cup™ match ticket with certain onsite match-day hospitality services which may include food, beverages and preferential parking. Travel and accommodation are not included in the hospitality packages but they are available upon request. Customers can learn more about hospitality packages by visiting www.FIFA.com/hospitality.
TOURISM:
For more information on accommodations, travel or sites to see while visiting South Africa, fans can visit South Africa’s official tourism website, www.southafrica.net.

VISA AND FIFA:
Visa is the preferred card for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and Visa credit, debit and prepaid cards will be the only payment cards accepted, along with cash, at all FIFA venues and the onsite stadium merchandise booths.

Visa’s partnership with FIFA links the world’s leading payment brand, and football, the world’s leading sport, and creates business building opportunities for its partners and financial institution clients. Visa has been a FIFA Partner since 2007, with global rights to a broad range of FIFA events and competitions such as the FIFA World Cup™, the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, FIFA Confederations Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup, the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the FIFA Interactive World Cup, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and the FIFA Futsal World Cup.

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About Visa
Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable digital currency. Underpinning digital currency is the world’s most advanced processing network—VisaNet—that is capable of handling more than 10,000 transactions a second, with fraud protection for consumers and guaranteed payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank, and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: Pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For more information, visit www.corporate.visa.com.


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