Thursday, May 10, 2007

Japanese fans rush Vietnam tickets for Asian Cup

Vietnam media reports that a large number of Japanese football fans have already booked tickets for Group B games of the AFC Asian Cup 2007 to be played in Hanoi, Vietnam. “Big orders for tickets mainly come from Japan while Vietnamese fans seem to be hesitant,” an employee of VFD, a ticket distributor, said.

"There are several reasons for this situation," VietNamNet Bridge reported. "The first is the ticket price for matches held in Vietnam are cheap compared to the living standard of Japanese people. A first-class ticket is priced at only VND150,000 (less than US$10) while in Japan, to watch the Japanese national team, fans have to pay $30-$40 per ticket. The second is that the Asian Cup will take place in mid July, the travel season of Japanese people. They can come to Vietnam to travel and watch football at the same time."

According to VFD, travel firms are the first that asked about tickets for the Asian Cup and the first to book tickets via the internet. The final round of the Asian Cup is expected to be a lucrative opportunity for Vietnamese tourism companies and they don’t want to miss it.

The Vietnam Football Federation has established 10 special sub-committees to serve the Asian Cup: material conditions, finance-taxation, commercial rights, logistics-protocol, press and information technology, security, invitation ticket distribution, health and doping tests, national team, and the secretariat. “We will try our best to organise a successful Asian Cup not only in technical aspects but also to create a friendly and warm Vietnam in the eyes of international friends,” VFF Secretary General Tran Quoc Tuan said.

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