Russian travelers stroll through the airport upon arrival in Phuket.( Picture: Achadthaya Chuenniran)

Prior To Covid-19, Russian travelers were amongst the leading source markets for the regional tourist market.

Although the Russian market has actually surged given that October, Pattaya operators are stressed over the sluggish resumption of chartered flights to U-tapao airport, which is having a hard time to satisfy need as capability is presently half the pre-Covid level.

At present, there are chartered flights run by Azur Air from 11 cities in Russia to U-tapao airport, with seats shared by a number of trip companies.

Thanet Supornsahasrangsi, president of the Tourist Council of Chonburi, stated 1-2 of those flights come to the airport daily.

If the load aspect is strong enough, flight frequencies will be increased, he stated.

Winter season is the preferred duration for Russian travelers to leave from the winter to beach locations.

Mr Thanet stated they primarily choose 4- or first-class beachfront hotels in Pattaya.

” Trip operators firmly insist the war with Ukraine hasn’t actually impacted Russians going to the nation as the dispute occurs in Ukraine,” he stated.

Russian travelers are welcomed by Pattaya City mayor Poramet Ngamphichet, left, upon arrival from the very first charter flight of Azur Air at U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport on Nov 26. Chaiyot Pupattanapong

” The ruble has actually likewise recuperated to a comparable rate as prior to the war.”

Russians are amongst the 4 primary markets for Pattaya tourist operators, together with visitors from India, South Korea and Vietnam.

Chinese tourists are still hindered by Beijing’s stringent border controls on outgoing tourist, stated Mr Thanet.

Forward reservations in December and January currently rose to 80%, generally driven by need from Russia, he stated.

Nevertheless, as trip operators still ask for marketing rates to heat up the marketplace, the typical space rate stays 30-40% lower than prior to the pandemic.

Mr Thanet stated Pattaya might tape-record approximately 70,000 Russian arrivals from December up until March next year.

The location likewise takes advantage of Russians who take a trip from Bangkok, as much of them choose to invest a long time in Pattaya.

According to the Tourist and Sports Ministry, Russian arrivals published a record high of 44,314 in October, among the leading 3 European markets for the month.

The boost was 178% from the previous month and 538% from July, when Thailand completely raised travel limitations. There were 23,760 Russian arrivals in January 2022, a month prior to Russia got into Ukraine.

April had the most affordable regular monthly arrival figure with just 5,223.

Travelers unwind at a beach in Phuket. Mr Bhumikitti stated the island is anticipated to invite around 4.7-4.8 million global travelers this year. Achadthaya Chuenniran

From January to March next year, the ministry approximates 377,472 Russian arrivals, of which 171,072 travel through direct arranged flights and 150,000 from direct chartered flights. Some 56,400 are forecasted to show up from linking flights.

The outlook for this market stays favorable as direct Russian flights increase from more cities to Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya through U-tapao airport, as must flights from Kazakhstan, Russia’s neighbour, stated the ministry.

As some nations in Europe have actually prohibited Russian travelers, more of them are selecting to take a trip to other nations, consisting of Thailand.


Bhumikitti Ruktaengam, the advisory chairman of Phuket Traveler Association, stated the healing rate of the Russian market in Phuket in November struck 80% of the 2019 figure, generally credited to more chartered flights in addition to Aeroflot, Russia’s flag provider, increasing direct flights to the island.

Aeroflot and a number of other Russian providers had actually suspended flights to the island given that March this year since of sanctions enforced by European nations.

In regards to general arrivals for the 11-month duration, the Russian market was 2nd in Phuket, with India No. 1 and Australia taking the 3rd area.

Russian travelers had longer remains while going to Phuket, taking a trip 12-15 days typically, he stated.

An airplane of Aeroflot, Russia’s flag provider, at Phuket International Airport. The provider has actually increased direct flights to the island. Achadthaya Chuenniran

Mr Bhumikitti stated based upon his individual observation, travelers wanted to remain longer since living expenses in Thailand resembled their house nations, especially as the rates of energy and air travels have actually risen.

He stated some hotels were overbooked since of altering behaviour and minimal space supply, as just 80% of hotels have actually resumed.

Mr Bhumikitti stated this hotel need pressure must alleviate after the high season, as this is the peak duration for the Russian market.

He stated Phuket is forecasted to invite 4.7-4.8 million foreign arrivals and 1.5-1.7 million domestic tourists this year, half the overall tape-recorded in 2019, the year prior to the pandemic begun.

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