SYDNEY, Australia -- Foremost on the minds of U.S. attendees at the
Australian Tourism Exchange here was the availability of tickets
for the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics.
The Sydney Olympics will begin Sept. 15, 2000, and conclude Oct.
1. A total of 8 million tickets have been issued for the Olympic
events, with 5 million going to Australia and the remaining 3
million being distributed to sponsors and the National Olympic
Committees of the participating countries.
Countries with the largest Olympic teams get the most tickets,
and since the U.S. is sending the largest contingent of athletes to
Sydney, a total of 249,000 tickets, the most tickets allotted to
any participating country, are available to the U.S.
It's expected that around 20,000 Americans will purchase groups
of tickets at a cost of $24 million. For clients to have the best
chance of getting the tickets of their choice, ticket orders should
be submitted as soon as possible to Cartan Tours.
Based in Manhattan Beach, Calif., Cartan specializes in tours
built around major sporting events worldwide and has been licensed
by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the exclusive U.S. ticket sales
agent for the last eight Olympics.
Tickets first went on sale in the U.S. in March, and according
to Lea Wardroper, South Pacific manager of Cartan's Olympic
division, there are still plenty of good tickets available. "So far
we've sold around 30% of our allotment, so there are still tickets
available for even the most popular events, including the opening
and closing ceremonies as well as the swimming, diving and
gymnastics competitions," Wardroper told Travel Weekly at ATE.
The procedure for ordering tickets is as follows: All orders are
prioritized by month of receipt and at the end of the month, Cartan
will hold a lottery consisting of each month's total requests. In
other words, requests received at the beginning of a particular
month have the same chance as those received at the end of the
month. After Sept. 15, all ticket requests will be filled on a
first-come, first-served basis according to availability.
Besides selling tickets, Cartan is offering Olympic travel
packages, which start at $4,990 per person, double occupancy, and
go as high as $17,000 per person (depending on location and
category of accommodations chosen). Accommodations range from
top-of-the-line deluxe hotels to moderately priced hotels.
Along with accommodations, Cartan Olympic Games packages include
airport transfers, daily breakfasts and roundtrip economy
transpacific air from Los Angeles on either Air New Zealand or
United Airlines. The price of Olympic tickets is not included in
The company has mailed brochures with an enclosed order form to
more than 10,000 agents nationwide.
Cartan forms ease ordering
SYDNEY, Australia -- Since tickets for each event at the Sydney
Olympics are sold separately and are priced differently, ordering
tickets can be an involved process. Consequently, Cartan Tours, the
exclusive ticket sales agent for the Olympics in the U.S., has
devised an order form to streamline the process.
Ticket applicants must list the specific events they want to
attend and then mail the order form back to Cartan with the
appropriate payment (either Visa credit card number, personal
check, cashier's check or money order).
Tickets can be purchased only by mail (no telephone, faxes or
e-mail requests will be accepted). Cartan's Olympic brochures
include one with a ticket order form and another that describes its
inclusive travel programs. Cartan Tours, Phone: (800) 841-1994