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Russian tourism to Thailand set to 'soar' as rouble stabilises

By Will Stewart
29 November 2016

Some 1.3 million visitors expected in 2017, best since economic problems starting in 2014.

Thailand is especially popular with tourists from Siberia and the Far East of Russia. Picture: TTB Asia

Pegas Select (Thailand), a major inbound tour operator in the Russian market, say sales of tour packages to the Land of Smiles will surge 25-50% in the year from October 2016.

Nikorn Yatinunt, director of Pegas, said: 'I believe the situation will be better in winter 2017. 

'Thailand can beat Vietnam and become one of our clients' two most popular destinations if the Thai government amends some regulations to facilitate tour business.'

Sathirapong Na Takuatoong, president of the Phuket Tourist Association (PTA), said the stabilising rouble exchange rate at around 60 roubles to the US dollar since early this year has driven Russians' confidence in travelling and spending, reported TTG Asia.

Thailand is especially popular with tourists from Siberia and the Far East of Russia.

Comments (1)

The Thai's say things like this everyday. No one believe a word they say anymore, because nothing ever happens. Last year, they said, was an all time record for tourism. Yet every sector points to 20% occupancy, nobody on the beaches, nobody anywhere. So, where did they all go then...? - This sums it up -
Andrew Jones, Bangkok
05/04/2017 15:19

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