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Call centre opens for stranded Ukrainian, Russian tourists

Call centre opens for stranded Ukrainian, Russian tourists

PHUKET: Phuket opened a call centre on Wednesday (Mar 9) to help tourists from Ukraine and Russia unable to return home because of flight cancellations and economic sanctions imposed over the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 9 March 2022, 06:10PM

The call centre numbers are 093-937-2086 and 094-819-1124, the Tourism Authority of Thailand announced, reports the Bangkok Post.

The call centre will be open from 8.30am-7pm until Mar 22.

Flight cancellations and the sanctions levied on Russia have already seriously affected the flow of tourists to Phuket.

About half of the Russian tourists arrived in Phuket on direct flights operated by Aeroflot, Siberia Airlines and Ural Airlines.

Aeroflot has cancelled all flights except those to Belarus from Tuesday, and Siberian Airlines grounded flights on Saturday.

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Phuket has welcomed 55,826 tourists since the start of Test & Go on Nov 1 last year.

Since the airlines began cancelling flights tourist arrivals have dropped sharply. Tourists who would have used those airlines must now take inconvenient routes to Phuket via Middle East cities such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Istanbul.

Bhummikitti Raktaengam, President of the Phuket Tourism Association, said 500-600 Russian tourists had been arriving each day. This had largely stopped. With more economic sanctions now coming into force, the impact on tourist arrivals would be even greater.

The number of tourists from Europe would also shrink as their purchasing power was reduced by higher fuel costs.

Mr Bhummikitti said he thought economic sanctions imposed by Europe on Russia would eventually backfire. As a result, there would be even fewer tourists from Europe to Phuket. 

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SEC2 | 10 March 2022 - 13:53:48

Good one Sir Burr.   I'm totally amazed at what comes out of the TAT.  Two years ago it was kind of funny with all the bubble talk.  But now it's absolutely disgusting, them trying to grab onto the Russian money and not let go.  They really need to let this one go, or look very very bad to the rest of the world.  In my opinion, of course.

Sir Burr | 10 March 2022 - 10:49:06

Mr. Bhummikitti has the morals of a starving shark. He would rather the atrocities by Russia continue than the Thai tourism industry lose money.


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