World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn was back at the Crucible today to make more announcements about next season's World Snooker Tour.

 

Hearn announced:

 

The Wuxi Classic is to become a ranking event for the next five years.

 

The UK Championship will be staged at the York Barbican for the next two years.

 

The Masters will be staged at Alexandra Palace for the next three years.

 

A new record has been set for ticket sales at the Betfred.com World Championship. Tickets for the 2013 event will go on sale on July 14.

 

BBC TV ratings for the event are up by between 10% and 27%. The cumulative audience in China is 350 million

 

Next season there will be a new Asian Order of Merit, and three Players Tour Championship events in China. They will have the same ranking point tariff as the PTC events in Europe, and each will have prize money of £50,000. The Asian PTC events will be open to all players. The top four in the Asian Order of Merit will earn a place in the PTC Grand Finals and a tour card for the following season. The winners of the three events will also be given a place in the PTC Grand Finals. Those seven players will join 25 players from the UK/European PTC Order of Merit to form a field of 32 players for the Grand Finals.

 

One of the Asian PTC events will be in the week before the Wuxi Classic, with one after the Shanghai Masters and one before the International Championship.