Dublin – Ireland, Nov 14: In a boost for fans of the shorter format wishing to join the party in Russia next June, the Rugby Union of Russia (RUR) has announced the first wave of Official Travel Agencies (OTAs) appointed to cover Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow.
The first official travel packages for the tournament, which takes place from June 28-30 will go on sale shortly with all promising fun-packed trips to the festival of Rugby planned for the Russian capital.
The agencies include two in South Africa, four in the United Kingdom and one each in New Zealand, United Arab Emirates and Spain. More agencies will be appointed in due course.
The agent appointments follow a comprehensive tender evaluation and selection process. The appointed agents will ensure Rugby supporters from around the world are offered a choice of travel packages based on content and price.
Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 will be a celebration of the Game and will offer spectators a unique opportunity to see the best Sevens players in the world competing at the highest level in one of the world’s most vibrant and interesting cities.”
“We are delighted that we now have on board the first of the OTAs for RWC Sevens 2013 and that we are continuing our excellent partnership with many of them that has been forged over several years. This is a key step in the ticketing programme and the announcement so far in advance of the tournament is another indication that we are on track to deliver a great Rugby World Cup Sevens.”
RUR President Vyacheslav Kopiev said: “This announcement is the next step along the way towards what will be a wonderful occasion for all Rugby fans. Moscow is a great place to visit, full of history, culture and excitement. We are confident visitors from overseas will enjoy a memorable trip to a beautiful city while following their teams’ progress at RWC Sevens 2013. These official travel agents will certainly help them make the most of their time in Moscow.”
The agents appointed so far are:
• Makro Travel Pty Ltd (South Africa)
• Experience Group (New Zealand)
• TUI Group, which includes Gullivers (UK), Sportsworld (UK), Sport Abroad (UK), Emirates Live (UAE) and Thomson Sport (UK)
• Viajes Diertis (Spain)
• Marabou (South Africa). —- IRB