Kata Rocks
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Russian arrivals to Thailand spike by 42% in August

Russian arrivals to Thailand spike by 42% in August

PHUKET: Foreign arrivals statistics for August, released earlier this month by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MoTS), delivered strong evidence of the ongoing revival in the Russian market.

tourismeconomicsRussianChinese
By Anton Makhrov

Saturday 15 October 2016, 12:52PM


Tourists head to the beach in Patong. Photo: PercyGermany / Flickr

Tourists head to the beach in Patong. Photo: PercyGermany / Flickr

Earlier this year Russian Association of Tour Operators (ATOR) reported that travellers from Russia started returning to the Land of Smiles amid the rainy season attracted by affordable prices.

ATOR, whose members include Russian tourism powerhouses Biblio Globus, Coral Travel, Intourist, Natalie Tours, Pegas Touristik and TUI Travel, noted that Phuket was one of the main beneficiaries of the trend. (See story here.)

The Department of Tourism, under the MoTS, reported 59,689 travellers from Russia visited Thailand in August, up 41.79% compared with August 2015.

Russian arrivals during the first eight months totalled 651,830 visitors (up 19.99% year-on-year), making Russia the largest of Thailand’s tourism source markets among non-Asian countries. The recovery has now been ongoing for several consecutive months.

In total Thailand enjoyed 2.87 million international arrivals in August (up 11% year-on-year) and 22.41mn since the beginning of the year (up 11.75%).

Laguna Golf Phuket

Despite the recent crackdown on zero-baht tours, China remains the largest contributor in terms of tourist arrival volume. According to MoTS, in August Thailand welcomed 891,382 visitors from China (up 11.34% year-on-year). Chinese arrivals during the first eight months of 2016 totalled 6.66mn (up 19.22% from 2015).

The latest figures from the MoTS also indicated a revival in Australian and New Zealand markets. The decline from those markets stopped and in August arrivals from these countries grew by 2.26% and 4.02%, respectively.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand expects about one million Russian arrivals to the Kingdom in 2016, up 13% on last year. Asked by The Phuket News earlier, Phuket Tourist Association President Sathirapong Na Takuatoong supported the forecast.

“The increase in the number of Russian tourists this year is undeniable, and the number of charter flights to Phuket is increasing,” Mr. Sathirapong agreed.

“I can’t say that these Russians will be higher quality than those who came two years ago, but they are spending more – about B5,000 per person and a day,” he added.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Govt waives visa fees, not visas, for Chinese, Indian visitors

so which other countries are exempt ? full story please --------------------------------- The MFA...(Read More)


MP Sira warns Governor of Amlo complaint over Phuket condo project

Reading again the word 'fairness' make me puke. That is a word used here for arranging matte...(Read More)


MP Sira warns Governor of Amlo complaint over Phuket condo project

Seems like he has been cut out of the project and is abusing his position over sour grapes. Nothing ...(Read More)


After death threats, Bangkok MP fires up legal action over Phuket condo project

One wonders why a Bangkok MP is sticking his nose into Phuket issues. He clearly didn't get his...(Read More)


After death threats, Bangkok MP fires up legal action over Phuket condo project

Dear K. Cheewapap, Why are you allowing hundreds of rai in the Sirinart Nat'l Forest Reserve al...(Read More)


Three underpasses to close for electrical works

So, no reason given as to why the "metres[sic]" were not installed before the tunnels were...(Read More)


Smith's Ashes run-spree sparks Bradman comparisons

The comparison to Bradman itself is baloney. They never had batting helmets in the old days, bats we...(Read More)


Smith's Ashes run-spree sparks Bradman comparisons

The Captain of the Australian Team IS supposed to be perfect, in regards to not intentionally cheati...(Read More)


Smith's Ashes run-spree sparks Bradman comparisons

It wasn't a mistake by Smith. It was intentional cheating that he as Captain of the Australian t...(Read More)


Three underpasses to close for electrical works

Why not make this during night time ?...(Read More)