By: Gyang Dakwo
FIFA President, Gianni Infantino on Monday said that ticket sales for the Soccer World Cup are approaching the three million mark ahead of the tournament kicking off in Qatar on November 20, 2022 .
Infantino, addressing the conference in a recorded video, said 240,000 hospitality packages had been sold for the month-long tournament, making it the “most successful hospitality program ever”.
Hospitality tickets, which allow access to luxurious stadium lounges, some with free-flowing alcoholic drinks, cost more than $34,300 per person for semi-final matches and the final, according to FIFA’s website.
Meanwhile, FIFA’s World Cup Chief Operating Officer, Colin Smith also revealed during the news conference in Doha that the top 10 purchasing countries of the 2.89 million tickets sold are Qatar, the United States, Saudi Arabia, England, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, Argentina, France, Brazil, and Germany.
“There is currently either low or no availability for matches,” Smith added.
Also speaking during the briefing, Director-General of Qatar’s World Cup organizing committee, Yasir Al Jamal, told the news conference that two million room nights had been sold and Qatar has added an additional 30,000 rooms to accommodate last-minute ticket sales.
“This has been designed to ensure that all ticket holders have the best chance of securing accommodation,” Al Jamal said.
Qatar, the smallest country to have hosted soccer’s global showpiece tournament, is preparing for an estimated 1.2 million visitors during the World Cup, the first to be held in a Middle Eastern country.
Thousands of fans are expected to stay in neighbouring countries like the tourism hub of the United Arab Emirates and fly into Doha for matches due to limited accommodation in Qatar.