Expensive seats, rotten view

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 April, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 April, 1994, 12:00am

I AM writing to express my concern at the rising prices of seeing Western acts in Hong Kong.

On Tuesday night I went to see Santana at the Coliseum.

The first day the tickets went on sale, I ordered two through Arena.

I paid $380 for each ticket plus delivery costs, etc.

When I arrived at the Coliseum, I had expected a good seat.

However, to my disgust, I was sitting right at the far back, with no better view than people paying $220 and $150.

After paying nearly GBP40 (UK) for a ticket as soon as they went on sale, I did expect Arena to provide a better view.

This is not the first time I have had problems with this company.

Obviously customer relations is not considered to be high on its list of priorities.

In fact, concert prices in Hong Kong are vastly inflated in general, with the best seats being taken by boring, middle-aged, three-piece-suited businessmen seemingly unable to move, stand up, or enjoy themselves.

PAUL WHITTAKER New Territories