LOC slams ticket scam


THE local organising committee for the Under-20 women’s soccer World Cup says it is aware of “ticket touts” and that it condemns those engaged in it.
Committee chief executive officer Seamus Marten said match tickets were being sold at four outlets in Port Moresby and one outlet in Lae.
He pointed out that neither the committee nor the ticket outlets had given out bulk tickets to people to sell outside the official outlets at their own mark-up prices.
Marten said ticket outlets had a limit to sell to individuals per purchase although there was no law in PNG preventing people from doing it.
“We can only encourage people to buy from the authorised outlets at face value,” he said.
Marten said tickets for the quarter finals, semi-finals and the finals were being sold at the four outlets and online.
“Just because tickets have run out from one ticket outlet doesn’t mean that the tickets are sold out,” he said.
“The fans must check the other ticket outlets.”
Meanwhile, National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop told The National that the NCDC had bought some tickets for individuals to enable as many ordinary citizens to watch the games. “We have been issued the tickets already and been issuing the tickets to individuals and not in lump packages,” Parkop said.
“So if there are illegal sales, it’s not on our part.
“We are always trying to do our best for our people, especially our middle to low income earners, give them a treat sometimes, especially during such events which are a once in a lifetime experience.”

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