Diary: If you’re looking for a good time this summer, make sure you avoid the touts

PR agencies looking to entertain clients with corporate packages to the Rugby World Cup have been warned against buying tickets from unofficial sellers.

PR agencies looking to entertain clients with corporate packages to

the Rugby World Cup have been warned against buying tickets from

unofficial sellers.



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 event.



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

Europe.



’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

Scott.



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

without tickets.



An estimated pounds 12 million was owed to UK companies after the final

whistle.



Scott himself has already been offered tickets for games by unofficial

agents. You have been warned.



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