Russian tourists have hit the top of Phuket visitors with more than 50,000 visiting this month, November.
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The Phuket Immigration Chief Colonel Thanet Sukchai told the Phuket Express that Russian nationals are leading tourists in Phuket this month with more than 55,097 followed by Indians with 26,525, Australians with 13,868, British with 12,340, and Germans with 11,097.”
The Director of the Tourism of Thailand (TAT) Phuket office, Nanthasiri Ronnasiri told the Phuket Express. “From January to October this year Phuket generated more than 119 billion baht. This number shows Phuket tourism has been increased 80 percent even if we don’t have Chinese tourists.”
Chinese tourists had previously been the top market for Phuket but due to China’s ongoing Covid Zero strategy Chinese visitors have still not returned to Thailand due to strict quarantine rules on China’s end.
Meanwhile, although Russians are limited in travel to many nations due to sanctions incurred from the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, Thailand is officially neutral in this conflict and therefore is one of the easiest, most accessible, and most desirable countries for Russian visitors to come to.