Music Festival Committee threatens buyers of complimentary tickets with arrest and charge
By: E. Williams
Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 28, 2018 – Hundreds of complementary tickets given to several entities, ministers and officials in the Team Unity Government and Party are being resold, prompting the Music Festival Management Committee to issue a warning hours before the first night of the three-day event that holders will be arrested and charged.
“It has been brought to the attention of the Ministry of Tourism and the St. Kitts Music Festival Committee that persons are engaged in the unlawful sale of complementary tickets,” said the statement, a first in the history of the event which was introduced by the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) administration in 1996 to spur economic development in the traditional slow tourism season.
“These complementary tickets were issued to various entities that have provided support for the festival and are to be used exclusively for complementary entry to the festival,” the Committee said in a statement.
While the statement did not say specifically who were selling the complimentary tickets, the Music Festival Committee and the Ministry of Tourism hereby inform the public that they should not purchase any complementary tickets from anyone who is illegally offering them for sale.
“The public is warned that the Police and other security services have been informed and are currently on the alert for persons attempting to gain access with such tickets,” the statement said.
It also warned that persons “caught attempting this method of entry will have the ticket confiscated and will be arrested and charged.”