The Russia-Ukraine dispute will certainly have an immediate effect on the tourism sector, Mr Siripakorn said, reports the Bangkok Post.
Following the launch of the government’s “Test & Go” programme for fully vaccinated travellers in November, the number of foreign tourist arrivals was around 100,000, about 10% of whom were from Russia, he said.
Mr Siripakorn said many Russian tourists were high-quality tourists, with high spending power, and most travelled with their families. Ukraine also had high-quality tourists, but the number of arrivals is less than Russia, he added.
In the wake of escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine, travellers may decide to cancel their trip to Thailand because many airlines had to divert or cancel their flights, according to the TAT official.
“It’s too soon to assess the impact of the situation because the situation is beyond our control.
“The TAT can only closely monitor the situation and maintain consistent communication with the private sector in the country and abroad,” Mr Siripakorn said.