Mainland Chinese touts arrested for selling tickets for Jacky Cheung’s HK Coliseum shows

30-Jan-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 7:26 AM Print This Post

Ten men from mainland China have been arrested for reselling about 50 tickets for Canto-pop legend Jacky Cheung Hok-yau’s Hong Kong concerts at vastly inflated prices.

They were selling the tickets for the sold-out show at more than double their face value.

The men, aged 20 to 59, were arrested outside the concert venue, the Hong Kong Coliseum in Hung Hom, for breaching the conditions of their stay. They had travelled to the city using two-way permits, the documents mainland residents can use to visit the city, and which do not allow them to work.

During undercover operations by police and the Immigration Department at the venue on Monday and the previous Monday, 46 tickets were seized.

Tickets originally priced at HK$380 (US$48) were resold for between HK$800 and HK$1,600; HK$680 tickets were resold for between HK$1,300 and HK$1,600; and scalpers sold HK$980 tickets for HK$1,800.

The authorities also made the first-ever seizure of two not-for-sale tickets with a stated price of HK$0 which were on offer for HK$2,500. That kind of ticket, for well-placed seats, is usually offered as a gift for specific guests by the organisers.

Two of the touts arrested during the first operation have since been jailed for two months. Others were detained and would be handled by the Immigration Department.

Cheung’s 15-concert run, “A Classic Tour Finale Hong Kong”, is on from January 11 until Tuesday.

About 70,000 tickets for the performances were sold through Urbtix, according to its website.


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