Real-name ticket sales implemented during upcoming MIRROR concert to combat scalping

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    26th May 2022 – (Hong Kong) The popular boy group MIRROR will hold a concert during summer and most of the tickets are sold out. The organiser announced yesterday (25th) that there will be 2 more concerts, and will promote the real-name registration for ticket sales to combat  scalping.

    Legislative Councillor Vincent Cheng Wing-shun  said on a radio program this morning (26th) that the maiden launch of real-name ticket sales is experimental, and the effect remains to be seen. It is hoped that the concert organiser will increase the proportion of real-name ticket sales. Chen said that he was worried that the process of verifying the identity of audience would take too long. It is suggested to consider speeding up the admission process by scanning QR codes, and deploying sufficient manpower to divert human traffic.

    He also pointed out that real-name tickets should also provide a refund option, and the organiser should decide whether to adopt the “real-name system” according to the nature of the performance. There should be also a maximum cap on the ticket purchases for each person to prevent scalping. The government has been urged to provide penalties on scalping.

    The Leisure & Cultural Services Department yesterday welcomed the positive response from the concert organiser of local pop music group Mirror on adopting real-name registration for ticket sales of their concerts through URBTIX.

    In response to media enquiries on the adoption of real-name registration for ticket sales to upcoming concerts by Mirror, the department said it took the initiative to discuss with the organiser on the ticket sales and admission arrangements to combat ticket scalping.

    The department welcomed the organiser’s positive response to reduce the chance of ticket scalping.

    It added that the department will render all practicable assistance on ticket sales and admission arrangements to the organiser. It also called on ticket holders to arrive early at the concerts’ venue, the Hong Kong Coliseum.

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