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19 April 2004, 03:32 pm
1.8 Million Tickets for Athens Games Sold So Far
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A total of 1.8 million tickets for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games in August have been sold so far, organizers ATHOC said Tuesday.
Orders for tickets from the national Olympic committees were up 20 percent compared with the Sydney Games the organizers added. Revenues from ticket sales to date amounted to slightly more than 136 million euros, corresponding to 74 percent of ATHOC\'s target of 183 million euros.

The general public have bought just over 20 percent of the total 5.3 million tickets on offer for the Olympic Games with four months to go before the opening ceremony, organisers ATHOC told AFP.

At least 20 percent of all visitors will come from outside Greece, according to the figures. Tickets sold directly to the public in Europe went to Greek and non-Greek visitors in a ratio of 4:1, ATHOC said.

Organisers said Wednesday the rate of ticket sales was "impressive," compared with previous Olympics. But the city's hoteliers, who have invested millions in sprucing up their establishments ahead of the Games, complain of a lack of interest by foreign tourists.

Three million tickets were made available last May, mostly over the internet, to residents of the European Union and other European countries.
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