Kazakhstan citizens resell tickets for EXPO 2017 on the internet

3 May

Kazakhstanis have found a way to get rid of unnecessary tickets for the world specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017. The number of advertisement on ticket sales is growing on the Internet - citizens place them on popular online bulletin boards including popular website Tickets are offered both with a fixed date and with an open one.

"I am selling three tickets for EXPO, two tickets for June and one for June. Tickets cost 4000 but with a discount the price is 3000. Tickets are for weekdays", - the author wrote on

"I am selling tickets for EXPO. Tickets with a fixed date for July 10, 2017. Ticket cost 4000 tenge. Urgently !!!" - wrote a user from Almaty named Ardak.

"2 tickets for EXPO 2017 in the city of Astana for 3000 tenge for each ticket", - suggested the resident of Kostanay region. Let us mention that the price offered by him is lower than the official price - the purchase of the cheapest ticket through the official ticket office will make 4000 tenge.

The journalist of was said that almost all the authors of the ads stated that the reason for ticket sales is the inability to visit the exhibition themselves "because of the changes in plans" or some of them just bought "too many tickets, so I decided to sell the extra ones."

Let us remind that the media periodically reported about the forced sale of tickets to the international specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017. The teachers of village schools in the East Kazakhstan region complained about it and one of teachers said that he was told straight ahead: "Whether you go or not, you will buy a ticket". The akimat of the East Kazakhstan region responded to compulsory sale of tickets for the international specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017. As the state institution representatives noted, the residents of the region buy tickets for the upcoming event at their will.

Commenting on this information, JSC NC Astana EXPO-2017 stressed that the facts of the forced sale of tickets for the exhibition are illegal and specified that since the beginning of the year the organizers of EXPO 2017 have registered more than 20 cases, all complaints about this kind of violation can be directed to WhatsApp number +7 702 332 65 21. However, later it turned out that the number in question did not work. According to the latest data announced by the director of the public relations department of the exhibition organizer Sergei Kuyanov, since the beginning of the year the national company received about 300 complaints about forced purchase of tickets.

Later, reports of compulsory sale of tickets to the exhibition were received from the Karaganda region where the teachers of the mining town of Saran as well as rural teachers of the Kostanay region addressed the media with the same complaint where akim of one of the districts even was happy at bullying such teachers. The doctors also complain about the compulsion to buy tickets, but the Minister of Health of Kazakhstan Yelzhan Birtanov claims that there were no corresponding orders. In addition, according to the documents received by journalists the akimat of the West Kazakhstan region plans to send more than 60 thousand people to the EXPO - later these intentions of the authorities of the region were officially confirmed. It also became known that the authorities of Mangistau region plan to send almost 900 people to the exhibition daily and the akim of the region Yeraly Tugzhanov stated that he does not accept excuses on this issue.

Commenting on this information, chairman of the Board of JSC NC Astana Expo-2017 Akhmetzhan Yesimov said that forced sale of tickets for the exhibition is completely unacceptable. Later, at the meeting with akims of the regions, the head of the exhibition organizer urged to use only propaganda in the promotion of EXPO. Complaints were also commented in the Agency for Civil Service and Anti-Corruption of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The deputy chairman of the agency Alik Shpekbayev stated that the obligation to buy tickets for this event is not grounded by anything and asked to report all violations to the same phone number as indicated by the organizers of the exhibition.

Hot debate unfolded even in social networks about ticket sales.

However, according to the media, there are also those who are ready to supply EXPO  tickets for those who need them. For example, a member of the Maslikhat of the South Kazakhstan region Rakhim Tanirbergenov bought 500 tickets for a world-wide specialized exhibition, spending a total of about 2 million tenge.

Astana EXPO 2017 ticket offices are open in all regions of Kazakhstan as well as in seven largest cities of Russia. In addition, the organizers announced the issue of VIP tickets made of felt and also talked about plans for the introduction of season tickets. You can find out how to purchase a ticket to the exhibition by following the link.

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