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Calls for new tourism tactics to better assist Russian and Ukrainians

Calls for new tourism tactics to better assist Russian and Ukrainians

BANGKOK: Sasiwat Wongsinsawat, Thailand’s ambassador to Russia, has said that Thailand needs to form new tourism tactics to better assist Russian and Ukrainian tourists.

By National News Bureau of Thailand

Saturday 12 March 2022, 09:58AM

Photo: NNT

Photo: NNT

Currently, there are about 6,000 Russian and Ukrainian tourists in Thailand who cannot return home due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, reports NNT.

Mastercard and Visa earlier this week suspended services in Russia and cards issued in Russia including those being used abroad. The government is currently mulling over the use of cryptocurrencies as an alternative to traditional payments.

He stated that countries competing with Thailand for tourism, such as Turkey, Egypt, and Dubai, had altered their marketing strategies to lure Russian visitors throughout the crisis.

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Thailand, the ambassador believes, should develop value-added items to diversify its tourism offerings.

In December, Russians were the largest group of tourists in Phuket. That month, about 17,000 of them came to the island. They were a significant part of tourism since the pre-COVID times. However, as of Monday, Phuket had only about 2,700 tourists from Russia.

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Malc-thai | 13 March 2022 - 09:28:05

Pretty sad Thailand is really desperate to keep Russian tourist, instead of going with most of the world and helping sanctions against putins War

JohnC | 13 March 2022 - 09:25:05

New tourism tactics - Don't allow any more Russian tourists then the problem of not being able to pay will no longer exist. Easy to fix!!

Bigaresort | 13 March 2022 - 08:43:18

hm,17000 I wonder how many can't pay there bill now,good time to close for reservation.bob

CaptainJack69 | 12 March 2022 - 12:11:09

Since when were "Turkey, Egypt and Dubai" considered to be "competing with Thailand for tourism"? No, they're competing with us for RUSSIAN tourists, and the small pool of countries still doing that is dwindling as the rest of the world quite rightly shuns everything to do with that country.


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