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KAZAN, July 10 (Itar-Tass) - Over 500,000 tickets have been sold for the Summer Universiade competitions within the past three weeks, the Tatarstan president’s aide for economic issues, Ayrat Khairullin, said.
Speaking at a press conference at the TASS club on Wednesday, Khairullin said: “A year before the Summer Universiade a total of 100,000 tickets were sold. In the past three weeks we’ve sold about 500,000 tickets. As of today 85 percent of tickets have been sold. We don’t wait for such boom. People have started attacking the city ticket offices the day just after the opening ceremony.”
He said the headquarters had been set up to watch the situation every day. “We’ve opened the ticket office at the Kazan National Culture Centre. Special buses carry people to the National Culture Centre’s ticket offices to avoid huge queues at the city’s ticket offices,” the presidential aide said.
In addition, Khairullin said, “One of the key problems that we face when a person don’t know at what facility he wants to buy a ticket. He asks questions to a ticket agent. Thus, he hampers the process that is why we named advisers with PC. They help people choose what competitions they wish to attend.”
“There is one more problem. Many people buy tickets, but they don’t attend competitions for any reasons. Thus, about 50 or 60 seats remain empty. To this end, our managers take a decision to buy tickets for these seats,” the presidential aide pointed out.