Tax-free tickets under consideration for Asian Games

Jakarta’s local administration is considering removing added tax from tickets for the 2018 Asian Games multi-sport event in order to make them more affordable, it has emerged.

The event is being co-hosted by the cities of Jakarta and Palembang between August 18 and September 2.

The City Council and related agencies have been tasked to assist the Indonesian Asian Games Organising Committee (INASGOC) in making tickets for the Games more affordable. However, a possible hurdle is that existing regulations only allow cities to reduce tax rates on tickets by up to 50 per cent.

Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno said, according to “We aren’t trying to profit from Asian Games tickets. We want to remove taxes from the ticket prices, but a city regulation has prevented us from doing so.”

INASGOC has yet to determine the price of the tickets.

According to the Jakarta Post, INASGOC chairman Erick Thohir has urged the city’s administration to make a decision on the matter as soon as possible.

“The event is only 89 days away. We have to be action-oriented, not just making plans,” Thohir said.

INASGOC spokesperson Danny Buldansyah said: “We still can’t disclose the price range for the event. The price for each sport event may be different depending on the popularity of the sport.”

The 2018 Asian Games is set to attract 15,000 athletes and officials and 5,000 media participants from 45 countries in attendance, according to Inasgoc Ticketing Department data.

Last week it was announced that 75 tour packages have been prepared for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia in an effort to sell more than 170,000 tickets to foreign tourists.

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