Sunday 30 April 2017

Russia's CBOSS kicked out of telecoms trade show over escorts

Katherine Rushton and Jonathan Russell

CBOSS, the Russian telecoms company that offered delegates at the Mobile World Congress "romantic dinners" with young female escorts in exchange for attending business meetings has had its contract at the event terminated.

Organisers GSMA issued a statement on Tuesday after The Telegraph revealed the dubious practices at the Barcelona trade show.



"There were a number of things during MWC 2012 that made us reconsider the CBOSS contract and to take this action," a spokesman said.



"However, this is a contractual matter between our two companies and not a matter of public record."



CBOSS had its contract terminated on Thursday after the company's behaviour was brought to the attention of the organisers, GSMA, by The Telegraph.



The Russian group offered visitors to the international event "champagne, caviar and a beautiful girl" to come to business briefings. The company is famous at the show for its scantily-clad, dancing hostesses.



Delegates who took up the offer last week were offered a "romantic dinner" with one of the dancing women.



The promotional material said: "We have no doubt that the champagne, caviar and a beautiful girl conducting a vis-à-vis interview are sure to raise the most correct wording of your thoughts from the depths of the subconscious."



It also said the "personal references of both interviewer and interviewee will be accommodated". A stay in a Russian dacha was also on offer.



According to reports, the behaviour of CBOSS at the show did not generate a single complaint from the male-dominated delegates.



The exact reason for CBOSS having its contract terminated and effectively being excluded from future conferences has not been spelled out.



However, the company is understood to be the first to have action taken against it for "breach of show regulations" rather than non-payment of bills or other financial reasons.



Telegraph.co.uk

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