Record Number of Official Travel Agencies

Dublin – Ireland, Feb 05, 2013: Organisers of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow have announced a record number of official travel agencies (OTAs) have been appointed, underscoring the global appeal of the showcase event.

So far nine OTAs have been appointed by the Rugby Union of Russia (RUR) and with a user-friendly visa process also in place, it is now easier than ever for fans to take their seat for this thrill-a-minute tournament, which takes place from June 28-30 at the world famous Luzhniki Stadium.

All OTAs offer fun-packed trips to this festival of Rugby and music planned for the vibrant and exciting Russian capital, and with several airlines offering competitive prices on direct flights – including as low as £50 from the UK – and tickets for the tournament on sale from just US$5, RWC Sevens 2013 looks set to provide a global showcase for the best Sevens has to offer.

Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 is one of the must-see events on the global sporting calendar this year and an opportunity for sports fans in Russia and around the world to see an Olympic sport that brings people together for a festival of world-class Rugby, entertainment and fun in one of the world’s most vibrant cities.”

“The appointment of a global official travel agent programme reflects the strong reach and appeal of a sport that continues to attract new fans around the world. Interest is high, preparations are on track and I am sure that Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 will be a resounding success.”

The OTAs are spread across South Africa, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Japan, France and Spain. More agencies will be appointed in due course.

The agent appointments follow a comprehensive tender evaluation and selection process and will ensure Rugby supporters from around the world are offered a choice of travel packages based on content and price.

The agents appointed so far are:

New Zealand – Experience Group, All Blacks Tours

USA – Great Atlantic Travel

Japan – J-World

South Africa – Makro Travel, Marabou Travel

UK – TUI/Gullivers, TUI/Sport Abroad, Thomson Sport

UAE – Emirates Live, Etihad Airways

Spain – ViajesDivertis

Canada – Merit Sports Travel

France – Couleur Voyages —- IRB

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