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Spain’s Culture Ministry finalises report on secondary ticketing

The report will put forward "possible solutions, both regulatory and otherwise" to fight against Spanish ticket touts

By Molly Long on 17 Aug 2018

Fans at Benicassim, one of Spain's biggest festivals

Fans at Benicàssim, one of Spain's biggest festivals

image © Òscar Garcia Herraiz

Spain’s Ministry for Culture has this week finalised a report that looks into the country’s secondary ticketing market. Working against what they have labelled “the massive resale of tickets for cultural events,” the report will make proposals and recommendations on potential courses of action for the Spanish government.

The study commission dedicated to the issue will review a draft of the report in September, ready for its presentation to the Culture Sector Conference, held later this year. The origins of the report and the study commission was a meeting on 10 July 2017 at a Culture Sector Conference, in which a plan was agreed to fight against the growing issue of ticket touting in Spain.

The report will make proposals and recommendations on potential courses of action for the Spanish government.

Statistics from last year revealed that some 69% of tickets resold in Spain were touted for profit. Public sentiment in Spain has for some years been shifting towards wanting legislative action to regulate the secondary ticketing market.

Several parties have taken secondary ticketers to court– or have threatened to – over “floods” of resale tickets. In March 2016, Spanish promoter Doctor Music filed a number of official complaints against the likes of Viagogo and Seatwave after the number of tickets being touted for their Bruce Springsteen and Adele shows had “outraged” fans.

The size of the problem has also prompted the establishment of the Anti-Resale Alliance (Alianza Anti-reventa), the Spanish anti-touting association akin to the UK’s FanFair group. The alliance called for “the introduction of effective legislation for the digital age to prohibit the speculative sale of tickets and protect consumers, as already exists in countries such as the United Kingdom, Italy and France.” The report by the Ministry for Culture would be the first step towards this legislation.


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