Slow Oly Tix Sales Hurt Local Broker

SALT LAKE CITY?Yas Tokita, owner of Mountain West Travel, “bet the bank” on turning a profit by snapping up Olympic tickets and hotel reservations for the 2002 Winter Games.

Now, with barely a month before the Games, the resale market for Olympic tickets remains sluggish. And the slumping economy and Sept. 11 travel scare have given brokers little hope for a rebound.

Desperate to move Olympic travel packages, Tokita said he’s willing to offer hotel rooms at or below cost for the Feb. 8-24 Games.

As if his small travel agency wasn’t hurting enough, other ticket brokers are “begging us to find customers,” said his son, Steve Tokita.