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Amid crises, Rio 2016 officials confident sales will grow

Monday, June 20, 2016 - 01:31

Ticket kiosks open up in Rio de Janeiro just a month before the start of the Olympics, and the numbers aren't where they should be. Gavino Garay reports.

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The 2016 Brazil Summer Olympics are four weeks away... but ticket sales are lagging. Only half the tickets have been sold. Now officials are looking for new ways to boost ticket sales, opening kiosks with the hope that ticket locals will respond with their wallets... The country's new sports minister is reportedly even encouraging the government to purchase tickets for schoolchildren to attend. But boosting ticket sales -- and consumer confidence -- comes amid of climate of uncertainty given the country's recent political turmoil and an economic downturn. International concern over the mosquito-borne Zika virus, hasn't helped either... Some athletes have said they think the games should be postponed while health authorities deal with the outbreak. But 2016 Director of Tickets Donovan Ferreti is maintaining a brave face. He says that despite the problems, he's optimistic. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) RIO 2016 DIRECTOR OF TICKETS, DONOVAN FERRETI, SAYING: "We have a total of six million tickets, and 4.2 million tickets have been sold. We hope that on opening these kiosks, this number will grow more quickly, taking into account the Brazilian culture of buying tickets last minute." Brazilian officials say games must go on, and that they will work to protect the public's health, safety and security.

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Amid crises, Rio 2016 officials confident sales will grow

Monday, June 20, 2016 - 01:31