EXPO 2017 organizers sold almost 1 million tickets for the exhibition

24 April

The number of tickets sold to the world specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017 is gradually approaching 1 million. This was stated by representatives of the management of JSC "NC "Astana EXPO-2017", the IIA "Kazinform" reported.

During the third international Astana EXPO 2017 tourist conference the deputy chairman of the board of the national company Yerbol Shormanov noted that it is planned to exceed the planned attendance bringing the number of guests up to 5 million people.

"At the moment 82 agreements have been concluded with the world's leading travel associations and agencies as well as 13 contracts with tour operators for the sale of 180,000 tickets for the exhibition as part of tour packages. I would like to inform you that we have sold 897 thousands of tickets in total. We believe this is a fairly good indicator for this period of time that highlights the high interest in our forthcoming exhibition. This number could be much higher. We hope for it", - said Yerbol Shormanov.

Organizers note that the national company actively holds press tours for foreign media to promote the exhibition. Information about the exhibition can be seen in the largest airports of the world - Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Dubai, Moscow. Advertising EXPO 2017 is shown on such leading TV channels as Euronews, Discovery, CNN, CNBC, National Geographic.

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.

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.

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

Recently, reports appeared in the internet where Kazakhstan people complain that employers began to withhold part of their monthly earnings in connection with the holding of the world specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017.

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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