Ludus Tours Offers Winter Games Packages for Vancouver Ticket Holders

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Ludus Tours offers accommodation solutions for Olympic fans who already have tickets to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games.

Ludus Tours offers accommodation only packages as well as tours to the Vancouver Winter Games from February 12-28, 2010. Budget accommodations could help all those Olympic spectators who found out earlier this month they won tickets to over-reserved events, but may be worried about finding a place to stay.

According the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC), about 120 of 170 Olympic events were over-subscribed during the first phase of the Official Ticket Reservation Process. The opening and closing ceremonies, figure skating, speed skating and men's hockey are the events have proved to be the most popular Winter Olympic events. VANOC received $345 million in ticket requests during the first phase ticket request period. They expect to make $232 million in fulfilled ticket requests. Fans are expected to be notified what tickets they've received by December 10.

While finding tickets to the Olympics is proving to be a challenge, hotel rooms may be even harder to come by. VANOC has reserved more than 80% of Vancouver hotels during the Olympic period, mostly for Olympic sponsors, partners, National Olympic Committees and federations.

Ludus is one of the few companies to offer accommodations for ticket holders, especially at reasonable prices, according to Ann Lanari, Ludus' Chief Operating Officer. "We have secured numerous Downtown Vancouver hotels ranging from budget to luxury." Winter Games packages start at around $2500 per person for a weeklong trip, significantly lower than the majority of their competitors.

For those Olympic enthusiasts who didn't receive their first-round ticket pick, another phase of ticket sales will take place December 12 to December 22. The remaining tickets will go on sale to the public in early 2009. VANOC urges ticket applicants to buy Winter Olympic tickets from official Olympic ticket brokers, such as CoSport. Numerous Olympic fans got burned in Beijing when they bought Summer Games tickets from unauthorized dealers. In the end they paid thousands of dollars and did not receive the tickets they reserved.

"Ticketing at the Olympics is always tricky," explained Lanari. "The best thing Olympic fans can do is to try to order their tickets through the proper channels: the Vancouver 2010 website or through http://www.cosport.com."

All of Ludus' Winter Games packages include hotel accommodations, private airport transfers, a banquet dinner, onsite tour guide assistance and a Vancouver nightlife pub-crawl. Guests will also have access to the Ludus Lounge, on-site assistance/hospitality area with snacks, drinks, maps and TVs where fans can visit throughout the Games.

Ludus is the Official Tour Operator for USA Track & Field and USA Triathlon. Since its inception in 2003, Ludus has prided itself on being a grass roots tour and hospitality company that offers the most affordable options in the market.

Call a Ludus Travel representative at 1-866-343-6133 or visit http://www.vancouvertours2010.com.

About Ludus Tours:
Ludus Tours organizes tours and hospitality for global sports and cultural events throughout the world. Some of these events include the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany and San Fermines Festival in Pamplona, Spain. Ludus Tours focuses on individual sports fans as well as various corporate clients and international sports federations. For additional information on Ludus Tours, visit http://www.LudusTours.com.

Contact:
Kim Kohler, Director of Communications
Ludus Tours
858.722.3765
http://www.LudusTours.com

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