Kazakhstan PM promised to control the sales of discounted EXPO tickets

18 May

500 thousand cheap tickets for the world specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017 were supposed to go on sale in April this year. This was stated by the Minister for Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan Zhenis Kasymbek, reports.

The discount tickets to the international exhibition were supposed to be sold by the national company "Kazakhstan Temir Zholy".

"The sale started according to the rules of KTZ in advance of 45 days - in April. 2,500 tickets were sold during the first days. The sales system is as follows: KTZ received tickets from the EXPO with a discount of 45-50% and added a 15% discount. These discounted tickets are sold to the residents of regional cities. EXPO transferred 500 000 tickets to KTZ and they include the cost of visiting the exhibition", - the minister explained.

Kasymbek promised to check the availability of the required function on the electronic ticket sales service of KTZ.

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. 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. In mid-May information on compulsory sales of tickets to teachers was received from the North-Kazakhstan region.

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 exhibitionыставки.

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.

According to the latest information provided by the organizers of the exhibition, the number of complaints on compulsory ticket sales reached 300.

The problem was also noticed in the Parliament of Kazakhstan where a member of the Majilis Nurtai Sabillianov stated that the officials found guilty for compelling to buy tickets for the world specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017 should be sued and brought to administrative punishment.

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