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Friday June 12, 2009

Grandstand tickets for guests

MANDARIN Oriental Kuala Lumpur, the official hotel sponsor of the Manchester United Asia Tour, are offering three sets of grandstand tickets to their guests for the match between the Red Devils and a Malaysian Selection at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on July 18.

These lucky guests will also get the chance to watch Manchester United’s training session on July 17. This offer is open only to guests who place a booking for a stay until Sept 30, and pay the deposit before July 8.

“The first three to book the rooms will get two tickets each for the match. As an added bonus, we are also offering a complimentary stay at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur or Singapore,” Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur resident manager Richard Johnson said.

“We are proud to be the official hotel for the big event. Manchester United is a big football club and Mandarin Oriental is a big hotel; so this is a marriage between two fabulous brands.

“We have the facilities, and great service. Manchester United will feel at home at the Mandarin Oriental,” he said.

A marriage between two fabulous brands: San (second from left) congratulating Johnson on the Mandarin Oriental’s selection while Kam looks on.

The match is part of the Manchester United Asia Tour, which is promoted by ProEvents. After Kuala Lumpur, Manchester United will play in Jakarta on July 20, Seoul (July 24) and Hangzhou (July 26).

ProEvents managing director San Boon Wah said a team of five officials from Manchester United had visited Malaysia last year.

“It was a long process. Initially, 12 hotels were selected. Then the list was narrowed down to six and then three. Eventually, they settled on Mandarin Oriental, but even then, they had to get the consent of the Red Devils’ coach, technical and sports science department.

“The Twin Towers, which is nearby, was one of the reasons that led the team to pick the Mandarin Oriental, The team reviewed the hotel in terms of security, logistics, recreational facilities, function rooms and F&B,” San said.

The Manchester United entourage have been allocated 100 rooms during their stay in Malaysia.

ProEvents chief executive officer Julian Kam said ticket sales had been encouraging.

“Almost 60% of the tickets have been sold. We are confident the tickets will be sold out soon,” Kam said.

ProEvents have appointed Ticketpro Malaysia as the ticket agents. Tickets, priced at RM58, RM68, RM98 and RM308 (VIP), can be bought at the Ticketpro, Nike Concept Stores and Al-Ikhsan Sports Stores.

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