Russian tourists significantly drop to Phuket, but Phuket tourist operators say they are excited about projected increase in Indian tourists

Phuket, Thailand-

  A major tour bus marketer revealed that judging from her observation at Phuket Airport, Russian tourists are significantly decreasing, but the good news is, according to her, that more Indian tourists are coming to Phuket.

Today, March 19th, Ms.Sirinya Nookong, the marketer of Andaman South Coast Travel Company Limited, made a comment to the media that there was a noticeable decrease of Russian tourists coming to Phuket and some Russian flights even stopped coming to Phuket entirely. Tourists from other nations, on the other hand, are in their usual flow such as Israel and Turkey, and according to Ms.Sirinya, we will start to see more Indian tourists in the next month. As for Thai tourists, they usually like to come to Phuket on weekends with a group of friends or families.

The increase in Indian tourists is estimated due to a “bubble” program that basically allows more commercial flights from India to Thailand. TPN notes, however, that until the Test and Go and Thailand pass are either significantly reduced or removed entirely, this market will not fully recover.

During this period, shuttle buses will operate 2-3 trips per day to facilitate groups of tourists from the airport.

Ms.Sirinya also said that two groups of 600 and 460 Israeli tourists had re-planned their visit from January and February to this month and used her services which is a good sign. However, the Ukraine-Russia war is under close attention from tourism operators on how it will continue to affect tourism.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.