The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games’ poor sales figures have pushed the organisers to open dedicated ticket counters across host nation South Korea in an effort to boost the numbers.
The ticket counters will open in Seoul’s two main airports, Incheon International Airport and Gimpo International Airport, as well as at 19 high-speed railway stations.
In addition, Seoul City Hall, Gangwon Provincial Office, Gangneung City Hall and a selection of other administrative locations will open counters.
In the last week of October, it was reported that just 457 tickets had been sold for the Paralympics, according to a document provided by the Department for Culture, Sports and Tourism.
PyeongChang organisers denied the lowly figure, although they admitted only 9,401 – about 4.3 per cent – had been shifted for the Games. They said that a total of 341,327 of Olympics tickets had been sold – about 32 per cent of those available.
A spokeswoman for Pyeongchang 2018 claimed that 499 tickets for the Paralympic Games had been sold to individuals, but groups had purchased 8,902, taking the total to 9,401.
The latest figures also indicated that just 275,964 of the 1.07 million tickets available for the Winter Olympic Games had been sold.
The Games are scheduled to take place from February 9 to 25.