Epic Fails

The number of people complained about the forced ticket sales for EXPO has reached 300

1 May

JSC "NC" “Astana EXPO-2017” accepts complaints on compulsory sale of tickets to the world specialized exhibition. To date, there are about 300 of them, Today.kz reports. Director of Public Relations Department of the exhibition organizer, Sergey Kuyanov told about the receipt of the appeals at the briefing.

"People do complain indeed, because they are being forced. There are such facts. Since the beginning of the campaign, we have already received around three hundred of such appeals from different regions. A significant part of these appeals has been really confirmed. Such an administrative marketing initiative comes from local akimats,” Kuyanov said.

For each appeal, the representative of the exhibition noted, checks are being conducted.

"We investigate and connect all the levers available to us, where we can - we stop, where we can not - we pass the information on, and as for coercion, no matter how much we hear about people, who are being forced and threatened with dismissal, or some other terrible executions, we have not yet seen or heard about any person who would have been fired for not buying tickets. Nobody can be forced to spend his money on something that he does not need,” Kuyanov said.

According to the organizers, anyone can return the ticket to the cashier. The full cost will be returned until June 10.

Let us remind that the reports of forced sale of tickets for the international specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017 periodically appear in the media. The teachers of rural schools in the East Kazakhstan region complained, one of them said  that he was directly told: “Whether you go or not, but you will buy a ticket.” In the Akimat of the East Kazakhstan region responded to the charges of compulsory sale of the tickets for the international specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017. As noted in the state institution, the residents of the region buy tickets for the forthcoming event at their own will.

Commenting on this information in JSC "NC" “Astana EXPO-2017” stressed that the facts of forced sale of tickets for the exhibition are illegal and claimed that since the beginning of the year the organizers of EXPO 2017 have registered more than 20 such cases and said that all complaints about such violations can be forward to a single WhatsApp phone number  +7 702 332 65 21. However later it turned out that the indicated phone number doesn't work.

Later, the reports of forced sale of tickets for the exhibition came in from Karaganda region, where teachers of the mining town of Saran have addressed to mass media with complaints, as well as from rural teachers of Kostanay region, where akim of one of the districts was even pleased with persecution of such teachers.The complaints of coercion into buying tickets were also reported by doctors, but the Minister of Health of Kazakhstan Elzhan Birtanov claims that there were no corresponding orders. In addition, it became known from the documents at the disposal of journalists about the plans of Akimat of the West Kazakhstan region to send more than 60 thousand people to EXPO - later these intentions were officially confirmed by the region authorities. It also became known that the authorities of the Mangistau region plan to send almost 900 people to the exhibition daily, and the akim of the region Eraly Tugzhanov stated that he does not accept excuses on this issue.

Chairman of the Board of JSC "NC" “Astana Expo-2017” Akhmetzhan Yessimov, commenting on this information, stated that the forced sale of tickets for the exhibition is inadmissible. Complaints were also commented in the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption. 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. The Deputy Chairman of the agency Alik Shpekbayev stated that there is no obligation to purchase the tickets for this event and asked to report all violations to the same phone number as was indicated by the organizers of the exhibition.

The sale of the tickets even became a topic of a heated discussion in the social networks.

However, there are also people who, according to the media, are ready to provide EXPO tickets for those in need. For example, Rakhim Tanirbergenov, a deputy of Maslikhat of the South-Kazakhstan region, bought 500 tickets for a world 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 release  of VIP tickets made from felt, and also talked about the plans for the introduction of season tickets. How to purchase a ticket to the exhibition you can find out by clicking on the link.

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