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Monday, May 01, 2006
Local committee to sell Cricket World Cup hospitality packages - prices range from US$269 to US$5,000
Stabroek News

Hospitality packages ranging from US$269 to US$5,000 for World Cup Cricket have been announced and Cricket Hospitality 2007 (CHO7) has appointed the Guyana Local Organising Committee (LOC) as an Official Sales Agent.

The LOC is expected to promote and sell hospitality packages for the various host venues of Cricket World Cup 2007, Finance, Ticketing and Commercial Manager of the LOC, Chateram Ramdihal said.

Meanwhile, TravelSpan Vacations has announced that Cricket Logistics, the official tour operator for the ICC CWC 2007 has appointed it as an Official World Cup travel agent.

And public ticketing online application starts on May 1, while the local ticketing centre opens on May 2. Guyana hosts Group C of the Super Eight ICC CWC 2007 from March 27 to April 9 next year at the Providence stadium, East Bank Demerara.

A release from TravelSpan said the travel agent has been chosen to sell travel packages, including match tickets and would link cricket fans with a variety of accommodation from the modest bed and breakfasts to the most lavish five-star properties.

On the hospitality front, CHO7 was formed by Hospitality in Partnership, a division of Cavendish Hospitality, to provide official hospitality services for Cricket World Cup 2007.

According to Ramdihal, the LOC would be required to provide hospitality opportunities at every match, which would feature ethnic food, drink, entertainment and the party atmosphere that is unique to the Caribbean.

Business people from the Caribbean and around the world are expected to take advantage of the hospitality packages to entertain their top clients, staff and colleagues. The hospitality programme would cater for the 16 warm-up matches and 51 tournament matches up to the final in Barbados.

On offer would be the Suite Package, the Grandstand Package, the Enclosure Package, the Hamper Package and the Sports Bar with prices ranging from US$269 for the Sports Bar to US$2,200 and US$5,000 for the suite packages. Experienced event managers and hostesses would be in attendance all day.

The suite package would be subject to availability and at certain grounds only. The suites, which would vary in size and provide seating accommodation of about 12 to 24 seats, would be within the stadium with seats immediately outside to watch the cricket. Suites must be purchased in their entirety and for all the matches at that ground. Suite buyers would be offered a variety of food and beverage options.

The suite package includes tickets to the suite for all six or seven matches at the ground, match information pack themed to ICC Cricket World Cup 2007; full accreditation into the suite for all matches; a choice of catering options which might vary from match to match; match programme and scorecard for each guest; a souvenir gift; reserved car parking - subject to availability; and televisions.

Suites in Barbados would cost US$5,000; in Jamaica and St Lucia they would be US$2,600. Suites in Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and Guyana would be US$2,200; and in St Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago they would cost US$2,000.

Ramdihal said the grandstand package, where facilities permit, caters for the best quality hospitality combined with high quality tickets and a great Caribbean post-match party with a local flavour. Seats would be as close as practicable to the hospitality facility, which would be equipped with television. There would be opportunities to mix and mingle with cricketing celebrities.

The grandstand package includes Category 1 Ticket - in blocks with everyone sitting together; match information pack themed to ICC Cricket World Cup 2007;

full accreditation into the hospitality facility inside the stadium; Caribbean buffet breakfast before the start of play; match programme and scorecard for each guest; Caribbean bar including premium beers, wines and soft drinks; light buffet lunch with wines and soft drinks; celebrity guests in attendance; souvenir gift for each guest; post-match supper with drinks; exclusive Caribbean party to follow; reserved car-parking - subject to availability; televisions; and private tables for parties of ten persons. Private facilities may be available for larger groups but details would be provided on request. The grandstand prices in Jamaica for the Group D matches would be US$499 but for the match between the West Indies and Pakistan the price would be US$649. In Barbados the grandstand package prices would be US$599 for the Super Eight Matches and US$1,299 for the final match.

The enclosure package would become available when the grandstand packages are sold out and the offers would be similar to that of the grandstand package. However, there would be full accreditation into the hospitality facility adjacent to the stadium and not within the stadium itself. The enclosure prices range from US$449 and US$549 in the Group to the Super Eight matches.

However, the price for the enclosure in the semi-final in Jamaica would be US$749; and for the final match in Barbados it would be US$1,099.

In the hamper package cricket enthusiasts would meet their guests over a Caribbean buffet breakfast in a tented village facility and there would be special rendezvous points for parties of ten and over. A high quality hamper lunch would be provided in reserved seats. Subject to numbers, invitations would be issued for the Caribbean party. The offer would include best available tickets in blocks with everyone sitting together; match information pack themed to ICC Cricket World Cup 2007; match programme and scorecard for each guest full accreditation into the Hospitality Village located adjacent to the ground; complimentary bar in tented village; reserved car parking subject to availability; and sold in multiples of two only.

The hamper package is US$449 with the exception of the Jamaica semi-final where the cost would us US$649 and in Barbados for the final US$999.

The sports bar is a budget package and would only be available at selected matches and offers a chance to rendezvous with guests over breakfast in the sports bar facility in the tented village. It includes a complimentary bar and a fork buffet lunch in the facility with other offers similar to that of the hamper package. The sports bar is US$269. (Miranda La Rose)