Many Australians are choosing to commute to New Zealand rather than spend the weekend in a hotel to watch the matches, says an Australian ticketing agent. One of the two official Australian travel agencies sold around 2000 ticket packages so far, which is a number much lower than in the past by this time. With just 16 days to go, organizers still have nearly a quarter of a million tickets to sell to be able to meet their target, which is 268 million. General Manager Mike Jones said that the low sales was due to many reasons including the inflation of hotel prices because of the Rugby World Cup.
There are other factors that are affecting the Rugby World Cup as well like the world wide economy as well as the flooding and tornados in Queensland. This cuts people's disposable income and makes them spend less, or not even choose to attend the Rugby World Cup. Many Australians have visited New Zealand in the past, and the prices that they are being charged now are much higher than the prices that they are used to. There are many examples of price gouging going on near the Rugby World Cup. The most popular package is a two or three night package with tickets to the event.
Many Australians are going to more than one weekend of the event. Some of them are even flying over to New Zealand each weekend and then back to their job. There has been a lot of marketing in New Zealand for the event, but not as much in Australia. Jones said that the prices were too inflated, but that they will not likely be discounted. However, the Eden Park final between New Zealand and France, and between South Africa and Samoa are already sold out.
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, Mike Jones
, Rugby World Cup