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Russian tourism to Thailand is gradually recovering, says Bangkok

By Svetlana Skarbo
01 January 2016

Plunge in rouble saw dramatic decline, but turnaround expected in 2016.

'We would like to thank each and every visitor who came to Thailand'. Picture: The Siberian Times 

Reports in Bangkok say there will be a 'bounce back' in arrivals from Siberia and other regions of Russia. Thailand is one of the most popular foreign destinations for Russians but the fall in the rouble has meant a decline in buying power for people going abroad. .

Pattaya - seen as a Russian haven in Asia - has been especially hit by the drop although it has turned instead to the Chinese market. 

In March 2015, a 59% decline in Russian tourist arrivals was recorded. Since May, the fall has been less dramatic - in the region of 30% to 38%.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) forecasts a significant recovery by mid 2016. 

Such a situation would be welcome. 

Russian tourism to Thailand is gradually recovering, says Bangkok 


Russian tourism to Thailand is gradually recovering, says Bangkok 
Plunge in rouble saw dramatic decline, but turnaround expected in 2016. Picture: The Siberian Times 


The rouble has been hit by low world oil prices and Western trade sanctions. 

Arrivals from Russia in 2015 are expected to be 990,000 for 2015, although final figures are not yet calibrated. TAT forecasts an increase for 2016. 

But this is still significantly below the 1.7 million in 2013. 

Thailand shows all the signs of wanting a recovery in Russian visitors, with women especially seen as the key to wellness and medical tourism. 

Recently, it was a Russian woman Elena Slobodian who was the 29 millionth visitor for 2015. 

She was greeted at Suvarnabhumi Airport with a warm welcoming ceremony by senior executives of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Airports of Thailand (AOT), the Immigration Bureau, Thai Airways International and True Corporation.

Ms Slobodian was pleasantly surprised to receive two economy-class return tickets on Thai Airways from her original destination to Thailand, valid for one year; a voucher for a five-night stay at luxury accommodation; a mobile phone with a 4G SIM-card and seven-day Internet usage for use during the trip; as well as the 'Thailand's Luckiest Visitor' certificate from TAT.

Russian tourism to Thailand is gradually recovering, says Bangkok 
Thailand shows all the signs of wanting a recovery in Russian visitors, with women especially seen as the key to wellness and medical tourism. Picture: The Siberian Times 


The 'Thailand's Luckiest Visitor' initiative was launched in June 2015 to recognise and reward every millionth visitor to the country. 

With strong support from public and private sectors, the campaign has attracted considerable international attention and enhanced the value of the Thai tourism brand image.

Mrs Juthaporn Rerngronasa, Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas), Tourism Authority of Thailand said: "This historic achievement is a tribute to all those who work in travel and tourism, all the way from the rank and file employees at the grassroots level up to the senior executives.

'Our visitors and guests visit Thailand because of their confidence in our ability to deliver quality services with impressive total experiences. And it is the hospitality of the Thai people who make this possible.'

'We would like to thank each and every visitor who came to Thailand. 

'This year, travel and tourism has truly proven to be an economic mainstay for the entire kingdom. 

'With the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) set to be launched, there is every reason to believe that Thai travel and tourism will retain its importance as a source of jobs, economic livelihood and income distribution.'

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I would like to come & meet with Russian girls as I listen they truly friends.
Mukesh sharma, Udaipur/India
10/05/2017 13:29
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