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TAT: Tourist arrivals hit by Russia-Ukraine crisis

TAT: Tourist arrivals hit by Russia-Ukraine crisis

BANGKOK: The Russia-Ukraine crisis will have an adverse impact on foreign tourist arrivals, Siripakorn Cheawsamoot, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, said on Thursday (Feb 24).

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 24 February 2022, 11:19PM

Beach chairs are placed on an empty beach in Phuket. File photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran / Bangkok Post

Beach chairs are placed on an empty beach in Phuket. File photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran / Bangkok Post

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.

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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.

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christysweet | 28 February 2022 - 14:13:29

The Ruble just collapsed. Luckily for Tland,  Putin's Folly was at the end of tourist season, not the beginning. 

christysweet | 28 February 2022 - 13:44:26

Well  I was in the fourth month of gestation,  but  history records it as Cuban exiles attacked Cuba under encouragement  from the US CIA.   

Taswegian | 28 February 2022 - 11:09:38

Anyone else remember the CIA's disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion? Was that Cuba or not?

christysweet | 27 February 2022 - 18:55:43

Actually the point is not at all evident. USA did not invade anyone, Russia currently is so the comparison remains irrelevant. As for mobsters taking over Cuba, plenty of Cubans welcomed it- at the time.  

Kamala Pete | 27 February 2022 - 12:08:42

Christy - I did not say Russia was in the right!!  I compared her current behavior to the US behavior when the same situation of an entrenched enemy on her border occurred. The point is very simple to see. 

maverick | 26 February 2022 - 18:49:04

Christy @ Cuba was a US playground until Castro intervened - call that economic colonization maybe ? There is a thin line here !! 

christysweet | 26 February 2022 - 13:14:07

Huh Russia invaded Ukraine, we did not invade Cuba-but had to make it clear we would not allow nukes 90 miles off Florida  please clarify why you think Russia is in the right - 'cause I'm  missing the point 

Kurt | 26 February 2022 - 11:33:31

Mr Siripakorn should remove any skeptism/misunderstanding  out of the thai air. For him a quality tourist is a 'full wallet tourist', not the criterium:  Well educated civilized respectful tourist. Now we understand better 'Thai quality thinking'.

Kamala Pete | 26 February 2022 - 11:18:22

Christy, just a thought, when the USSR tried to put men and missiles close to the USA (Cuba) Kennedy went to the brink of nuclear war to prevent it.  Why should Russia behave any differently?

christysweet | 26 February 2022 - 10:33:08

Russians have cash, lots of it and that's the sole criteria for 'quality' to TAT -actually, to the entire culture. 

christysweet | 26 February 2022 - 10:29:56

Crises?  Russia has invaded a sovereign nation with violence while declaring war. Should have let Ukraine into NATO - Putin wouldn't  have dared his land grab.  Now we have N Korea and China aligning. DIKtators to nuke the world

maverick | 26 February 2022 - 10:15:03

I see the racists are out in force today, Russians today, Chinese tomorrow , Indians day after - so small minded perhaps you should go back to your own countries and you won’t have to interact with folks you don’t like.

Kurt | 26 February 2022 - 10:11:28

@Madeinswiss, don't take that  ..."high quality tourist".. statement serious. It was from a TAT employee. TAT as usual doesn't know much about 'reality tourism'. It is just a self-sustaining pep talk club, as it proves time after time.

Madeinswiss | 25 February 2022 - 21:31:08

Russian are very high quality touristes ? are u joking about it ? They dont respect any rules anad no respect for thaï peuple...

lelecuneo | 25 February 2022 - 16:23:51

stupid russian tourist that have no disregard for anything here...let them be home or send them to fight...out and dont come back ....the next Hight end tourist here will be indians....555

Ash Ward | 25 February 2022 - 13:46:01

I agree with Fascinated. They are not high quality tourists!

Fascinated | 25 February 2022 - 11:03:53

Why can we no longer highlitght and copy to quote? 'High quality tourists, with high spending power'-' don't make me laugh.  Perched outside 7-11 or on their balconies getting smashed must count as 'high quality' these days. TAT obviously hasn't talked to the airlines which say flights remain unaffected according to your sister paper.


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