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Off-Site Ticket Office at Centrair Selling First Boat Racing Tickets at a Japanese Airport - Next to Tourist Information Center

Off-Site Ticket Office at Centrair Selling First Boat Racing Tickets at a Japanese Airport - Next to Tourist Information Center

Off-site ticket office at Centrair.

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On May 17, Orale Centrair, a small off-site ticket office, opened at "Centrair" Chubu International Airport in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture.

The City of Tokoname, which operates Boat Race Tokoname, a boat racing track, set up the ticket office in the front of the Access Plaza, where ground transport converges on the terminal's first floor. In addition to ticket machines, Orale Centrair and its floor space of around 305 square meters has a Voting Hall with room for around 60 people, nine Viewing Seats available for the general public, among other facilities. The ticket office sells tickets to all races at Boat Race Tokoname in addition to year-round sales of tickets to races happening all across Japan. The city hopes to create more boat racing fans among both Japanese and international travelers passing through the airport.

Orale Centrair is the first ticket office for state-run games to be set up in a Japanese airport. There is no precedent for a "gambling" facility being placed in an airport in Japan, and the airport operator, which at first disapproved of the move, reportedly gave its consent after an agreement was reached to set up a city tourist information center next to the ticket office. The center has information on local companies producing ceramics, a local Tokoname specialty, the "gold toilet" that made the news at the Shanghai World Expo, and other attractions on display.

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