15 April 2021 - NW992
Marais, Mr EJ to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture
With reference to his reply to question 2109 on 12 October 2020, (a) which travel agency qualified to run the Olympic hospitality programmes including selling packages to supporters for air tickets, event tickets and accommodation, (b) what are the criteria for selecting a qualifying agency, (c) on what date was the tender advertised and (d) what is the estimated monetary value of the contract in each financial year?NW1160
a) Tourvest Destination Management a division of Tourvest Holdings (Pty) Ltd is the appointed authorised ticket reseller (ATR) for the 2020 Olympic Games.
b) Service providers apply directly for qualification to the IOC and enter directly with them as an ATR for the Olympic Games. The qualification criteria is managed by the IOC.
An ATR that has received clearance from the IOC then engages the NOC. In addition to Tourvest, SASCOC was also approached by Fly Now Travel Agency. Flynow eventually withdrew as an ATR for the 2020 Olympic Games. Tourvest has since been appointed.
b) Due to the qualification process, there was no tender put out by SASCOC. The IOC managed the process.
c) The value of the contract is based on the application by the ATR for tickets for onward selling.
This application is not guaranteed and the IOC reserves the right to allocate tickets on a country bases. ATR’s also have to provide a financial guarantee for any tickets allocated by the IOC. The value of the tickets applied for by Tourvest is R1m. This may change depending on the final allocation by the IOC.