PR agencies looking to entertain clients with corporate packages to
the Rugby World Cup have been warned against buying tickets from
These tickets are not guaranteed and agencies’ clients could end up
scattered throughout stadiums, warns Stuart Scott, media and PR manager
at sports marketing firm Michael Humphreys.
The company started work last week to promote client Rugby Hospitality
1999, which is the only official seller of 40,000 corporate packages for
The agency has been hired to promote the client’s exclusivity and warn
against buying from unofficial sources.
Wales plays host to the tournament, which starts on 1 October with the
host nation playing Argentina. Further matches will take place around
’Now is the time when marketing and PR managers should look to book
packages for the World Cup in October - but they need to be wary of the
unscrupulous touts who promise a lot but fail to deliver,’ warns
During the footballing World Cup of France 1998, many ticket agents
offering corporate packages went bust, leaving several companies
including electrical firm Amstrad thousands of pounds out of pocket and
An estimated pounds 12 million was owed to UK companies after the final
Scott himself has already been offered tickets for games by unofficial
agents. You have been warned.