Two of the main platforms for the sale of tickets for shows, in Portugal, recorded drops of more than 80 percent in their sales, due to the pandemic of covid-19, and a loss in revenue between 78% and 90%.
"Dramatic and worrying numbers", responsible for Ticket Line, the first ticketing operator to emerge in Portugal, which has 21 years of activity, and BlueTicket, with an 'eTicketing' platform dating back to 2008, told the Lusa agency.
Between March of this year, when the first state of emergency was declared, in Portugal, due to the covid-19 pandemic, and last November, Ticket Line obtained a ticket revenue of 5.312 million euros, which is equivalent to a drop of 90%, compared to the 50.690 million euros obtained in the same period (March to November) of 2019.
As for the total number of tickets sold, between March and November this year, they reached 643 thousand, while in the same period last year more than 3.964 million were sold, which represents an 84% drop.
Including the first two and a half months of the year, still without the impact of the pandemic, the losses compared to last year maintain an order of magnitude greater than 70%.
From January to November this year, Ticket Line recorded box office revenue of 14.975 million euros, against 58.958 million euros in the same period in 2019, which represents a 71% drop, according to available data.
Between January and November this year, the company sold almost 1.311 million tickets, while in the same period last year it had sold more than 4.476 million, which is equivalent to a 71% decrease, according to data requested by Lusa.
In turn, Blue Ticket reports that between March and November this year, the months marked by the pandemic, registered a 82% drop in ticket sales, compared to the same period in 2019. In these months it totaled 1.092 million tickets sold, while in 2019 the sum reached 5.997 million units.
Without mentioning billing amounts, Blue Ticket claims, however, to have recorded a 78% drop between March and November this year.
Ticket Line, on the other hand, says that from March to November last year, they responded “to another 146 thousand 'emails' from customers”, for “exchanges and returns of thousands of tickets”.
"We opened and canceled events and exchanged sessions for a total of 7500”, guarantees Ticket Line.
The new restriction weekends also brought new challenges, according to the operator, representing “more than 1000 events subject to changes, absolutely personalized, depending on the municipality where they were held”.
Ticket Line also warns of the inevitability that the abysmal difference in numbers will be "even greater" in December.
There are "many shows that are not going to happen and there are already some of those that moved to 2021 that are already being canceled and leading to more returns and, consequently, a reduction in sales volume", say those responsible for the operator.
In addition to the decrease in revenues and the total number of tickets sold, the company is still concerned with "the fall in the average price" of tickets, "in the order of 23%", which "devalues each project" which, "in most , are from Portuguese artists ”.
Aware of the “difficulties of all”, and expressing that it has always “been with everyone, what it intends to continue to do”, Ticket Line is, however, concerned about being a private company, “which is in charge of three dozens of employees who must continue to guarantee jobs and working conditions ”.
The company also says "it is one step closer to reaching the deadlines for rescheduling of postponed events", due to the measures to contain the new coronavirus pandemic, showing itself "anxious" for new decisions.
"The announcement by the President of the Republic of a third seat in early 2021 further reinforced doubts and fears," say those responsible for Ticket Line, claiming that "many of the postponed shows have been rescheduled for 2021".
"And they are joined by those who were sold with full capacity for these dates, and who run deep risks of not being able to happen", they add.
"Our artists do not have an agenda for next year and international artists, with whom the promoters have sold out rooms in full capacity, now submit requests for rescheduling for the year 2022", say the operators, at the same time that ask “What to do?”.
“Postpone again? Cancel? ”, They ask, stressing that“ the destruction of value is absurd, and has reached breaks far superior to any other economic sector ”.
Lusa also contacted the platform BOL – Bilheteira Online, "brand, domain and 'software'" by Etnaga, a company with "over 25 years of experience" in information technology, but has not yet received a response.