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Published on : Monday, November 11, 2013
The appointment of leading agents from 10 nations and territories follows a comprehensive tender evaluation and selection process by RTH, the company appointed by RWCL to exclusively manage the global fan travel and hospitality programmes. The agents will ensure fans from around the world and in the UK are offered a wide choice of travel packages based on content and price.
Official fan travel packages for Rugby’s showcase event will go on sale in 2014 with full details regarding the range of packages, prices and on-sale date being announced before the end of the year.
Rugby World Cup OTA programme sales exceeded 180,000 for France 2007 and more than 100,000 for New Zealand 2011, and with more than 400,000 international visitors anticipated for the 48-match, six-week celebration of Rugby and the host nation, demand is expected to be unprecedented.
RWCL Managing Director Brett Gosper said: “The international travel and hospitality ticketing programme has been one of the major success stories for Rugby World Cup, proving a hit for sports fans from around the world with its unforgettable memories and exceptional experiences.”
“We are delighted to announce the appointment of 15 leading Official Travel Agents for Rugby World Cup 2015. This is a key tournament milestone and the announcement so far in advance of the tournament is another indication that we are on track to deliver an exceptional Rugby World Cup.”
“Fans who book through OTAs will also be playing their part in the growth of world Rugby, with the tournament’s commercial programme providing the financial engine that enables the IRB to invest record sums in high performance programmes, tournament and development structures to increase participation and competitiveness within the world Game.”
RTH Chief Executive Andrew Burton said: “All of the OTAs appointed are committed to providing the best possible service and tournament experience for Rugby fans throughout the world that will travel to England in 2015.”
“With more than 400,000 supporters expected to travel to England for the tournament, fans will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of match ticket inclusive supporter tours, offering a wide range of ways to experience the tournament in 2015.”
Rugby World Cup 2015 will be the eighth tournament and is on course to write another memorable chapter in the RWC success story. With just under two years to go, operational planning is on track, the match schedule is confirmed and the commercial programme set to be finalised in record time.