Tickets (of Cricket World Cup Tickets) for certain fixtures - including India's Group Stage battle with Sri Lanka on March 23, 2007, in Trinidad and Tobago - as well as Single Match tickets for West Indies games are also in great demand. ICC Cricket World Cup Commercial Manager Stephen Price said the response to the overall ticketing campaign and tour and travel and hospitality sales has been encouraging. "In fact, at some stadia, suites are almost sold out," he said.
The initial surge in online activity had tapered "to a steady flow" but he noted that a similar rush is expected in mid-to-late July as the application phase draws to a close. He urged fans to apply for tickets in Phase 1 so they stand "the best possible chance" of seeing their preferred matches. Certain matches could be sold out by the end of the July 31 application stage, he said, adding that no Venue Combinations or Follow-A-Path packages will be available after that date.
If tickets were not sold out, Phase 2 of public ticketing which would go from September 1, 2006 to November 30, 2006, would be conducted on a 'first come, first served' basis. Tickets would be available via the Official Ticketing website and Official Ticket Centres in the host venues.
The third and final phase of public ticketing begins on January 9, 2007, and will end on the morning of the final match on April 28, 2007 and would be sold on a 'first come, first served' basis. Seats would be sold from the Official Ticketing website, Official Ticket Centres and Venue Box Offices in the host venues.
The sale of tickets coincided with the start of sales of hospitality packages through Official Hospitality Agents (OHAs) globally. Tour and travel packages are also available via Official Travel Agents (OTAs), of which there are 50 worldwide.
The ICC CWC 2007 said there are eight new OTAs, including the first from Ireland - Sadlier Travel. Ireland's national cricket team will compete in the international tournament for the first time ever. Four more from the UK have signed agreements. These new additions are Grand Cru Travel, Rumsey Travel Ltd, Thomas Cook Sport and Travel & Tours Anywhere Ltd. These carry the total number of OTAs in Britain to 11 - which Cricket Logistics 2007 has determined is enough to cater to that market.
In the USA, Alken Tours, Island Vacations and TravelSpan Vacations have joined the list of American travel companies now authorised to sell tour and travel packages (inclusive of match tickets) bringing the number of OTAs there to five. The USA is home to thousands of migrants from other cricket-playing nations, such as England, India and Pakistan and many are likely to travel to the Caribbean for the tournament.
Nine OTAs have signed in Australia and five in India. There are eight OTAs among the host venues: Jamaica, three; Barbados, two; and one each in St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and T&T.
Global sales of tour and travel packages indicate that supporters from every participating nation have already booked. If demand continues at the current pace, Cricket Logistics 2007 manager, Margaret Gibson said, "We can confidently say that this Cricket World Cup will not only be the best ever, but also the best supported."
Enquiries from persons in host venues or other Caribbean countries, in which there is no OTA should be directed to Cricket Logistics, which forwards such requests to OTAs in the nearest neighbouring country. For example, OTAs in Jamaica handle requests from the Cayman Islands; and Kantours in St. Kitts is handling the demand from Anguilla, St Croix, St Maarten, St Thomas and Tortola.