Deal aimed at ending concert ticket scalping

17th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

17 March 2006, BRUSSELS — Economy Minister Marc Verwilghen has reached a "gentleman's agreement" aimed at restricting ticket sales to just four tickets per person to combat the problem of scalping.

17 March 2006

BRUSSELS — Economy Minister Marc Verwilghen has reached a "gentleman's agreement" aimed at restricting ticket sales to just four tickets per person to combat the problem of scalping.

The Liberal VLD minister reached the deal with Live Nation (which organises events such as Werchter Rock) and Tele Ticket Service (which organises concerts at the Antwerp Sport Palace).

Both organisations agreed to implement the measures as much as possible up until the point that telephone services become overburdened.

In future, the number of tickets must be restricted to four per person. It will also be possible to swap tickets via official means, either at the cashier on the day or via the website of the seller. Rock Werchter has used a swap cashier for years.

The involved parties stressed that the aim is not to carry out intense checks on ticket sales. However, inspections will form an important role. Live Nation will, for example, draw up a black list of people who offer their tickets for sale without gaining official permission.

The agreement also states that tickets may not be sold onto third parties without the permission of the organiser.

Tickets being scalped on the internet will be declared invalid and will not pass through the bar code scanners at entrances of events. The system will become operational in the next few months.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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