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Olympic Organizers Seek To Jump Start Ticket Sales

RIO DE JANIERO, Brazil (CelebrityAccess) — In a bid to bolster reportedly slow ticket sales, Olympics organizers in Rio have opened ticketing websites originally intended for Brazilians to international buyers, allowing them to purchase tickets in local currency.

According to the Associated Press, the move may pave the way for much cheaper tickets, depending on fluctuations in exchange rates between the real and other currencies, and the absence of service fees charged by official ticket resellers outside Brazil.

The savings could be substantial, with tickets that would have cost $215 USD, with an additional service fee of up to 20% tacked on, going instead for 500 reals, approximately $150 and with no service fee, the Associated Press said.

"We have tickets for all sports, so it's a grand chance for people around the world to buy their tickets," Rio ticket director Donovan Ferreti told The Associated Press.

According to Feretti, organizers have sold approximately 4.4 million of the 6.1 million tickets available, or 72 percent, with 1.1 million of those tickets bought by non-Brazilians. – Staff Writers