ASTANA – Capital resident Olzhas Onalov, 24, received an invitation to the EXPO 2017 chairman’s office after making the first online ticket purchase to the event. Akhmetzhan Yessimov congratulated him on the successful procurement.
“It is very symbolic that the first ticket holder to the exhibition is a resident of Astana. I hope all people in Kazakhstan take advantage of online sales of tickets,” said Yessimov.
Onalov noted he was happy to hold the first pass.
“I am very pleased to become the first purchaser of the ticket. I always wanted the expo to be held in Kazakhstan; thus, I can invite my whole family to the exhibition. I had a chance to attend the international exhibition in Shanghai and I was impressed by what I saw. Therefore, I bought four tickets. Frankly speaking, the ticket price surprised me. I invite all the people in Kazakhstan to visit this exhibition. I believe we will see something new and breathtaking,” he said.
Electronic tickets have been on sale on the official website, tickets.expo2017astana.com, since June 10. Buyers can purchase several types of tickets in different price categories, with open and fixed dates for weekdays and weekends.
An open-date ticket allows the holder to visit EXPO 2017 any day (weekday or weekend will be shown on the ticket). Guests must confirm their visit using their personal account or at the ticket office before going to the exhibition. A visitor can exchange the ticket 24 hours in advance.
The preliminary sales period will continue through June 9, 2017. Discounted tickets will be available for pensioners, mothers with many children and school and university students. Customers and especially foreign guests can use the currency calculator to help to determine the prices in different monies.
The lowest prices will be offered during the promotional period from June 10-July 10. A 50-percent discount will be available June 10-20; a 30-percent discount if tickets are purchased by June 30. The final discount period is through July 10, when tickets will be reduced by 20 percent.
A promotional period will be also be offered July 10-Aug. 10 to tour operators and resellers. Offline offices throughout Kazakhstan will open Sept. 1. Exhibition partners such as Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, Kazpost and Air Astana will join the ticket sales process.