Connect with us

Thailand

Eastern European tourists inject 35bn into Phuket

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published 

 on 

Eastern European tourists inject 35bn into Phuket | The Thaiger
  • follow us in feedly
PHUKET MEDIA WATCH

– Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community

East Europeans help drive Phuket’s tourism boom
Phuket Gazette / The Nation

PHUKET: Thailand’s current tourism bull-run is being underscored by a watershed of Eastern European travellers, a soaring source of business that delivered 1.6 million visitors last year, led by Russia with an 82-per-cent share, according to a survey by consulting firm C9 Hotelworks.

The sheer impact of the volume is nowhere more apparent than in the holiday destination of Phuket, which has experienced a direct hit, as more than 650,000 Eastern European tourists injected US$1.2 billion (35 billion baht) into the island’s economy last year.

The newly released market research found that Russia’s outbound market to Southeast Asia had shot up over 1.8 million in 2012, making it one of the year’s leading story lines.

More than 71 per cent of the travellers visited Thailand, followed by Vietnam with 9 per cent, and 5 per cent for Indonesia and Cambodia respectively. Surprisingly, Singapore attracted only 4 per cent of the Russian visitors to the region.

Tracking the development cycle back to 2005, Eastern European visitors to Thailand then hovered around the 175,000 level. Stimulating the sustained demand was a visa exemption implemented in 2007, coupled with a sustained economic explosion in the eastern part of Europe, C9 Hotelworks said.

Managing director Bill Barnett said Phuket had seen this business build up rapidly over the past four years. The acceleration has turned the tables on the once-dominant Western European market.

The shift is now on display day in and day out on the resort island, where mounting numbers of charter flights and tour buses are a constant reminder of a changing world, he said.

Leading the transformation has been Phuket’s rising airlift, punctuated by its key strategic door-to-door travel time, he added.

According to the report, between 2008 and 2012 the number of Russians and other Eastern Europeans visiting the island soared, with charter flights catering to 56 per cent of total passengers last year.

“Forty-five per cent of Eastern European visitors to Phuket come via Moscow,” he added.

“There is little doubt that Asia’s latter-day volume leisure-destination splurge requires a constant renewal of numbers. While Phuket with its airlift impact has shown little sign of slowing down in 2013, Bali is seeing a slowdown as its Eastern European market has turned melodramatic, with no direct scheduled service from Russia.”

The “Emerging Eastern European Market” report also highlights the fact that despite the mounting numbers, there is a pronounced seasonal trend, as 80 per cent of the “snowbirds” come between October and April, and year-around demand remains elusive as tour operators and airlines re-deploy aircraft to the Mediterranean during the summer months.

The full “Emerging Eastern European Market” report is included as an insert in the hard-copy Phuket Gazette on newsstands April 5-11.

Bill Barnett is Managing Director of C9 Hotelworks and can be contacted through C9hotelworks.com.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.

Thailand

1,202 gambling websites to be blocked in Thailand

Caitlin Ashworth

Published

on

1,202 gambling websites to be blocked in Thailand | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Chiang Rai Times

Thailand is cracking down on online gambling websites. Internet providers will have 15 days to block 1,202 gambling websites before charges are pressed for violating Thailand’s Computer Crime Act. Although gambling is technically illegal in Thailand, underground and online gambling thrives in pockets of the country.

The Digital Economy and Society Ministry was ordered by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to crack down on illegal online gambling. The spokesperson for the Office of the Prime Minister says Prayut ordered the ministry to block the hundreds of gambling websites within the next 15 days. The ministry has requested 1,202 court warrants citing Computer Crime Act violations.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission is collaborating with the ministry to block access to the gambling websites. The spokesperson adds they are working to solve the issue of online gambling very quickly, adding that the strict order is aimed at keeping teenagers away from online gambling. The news website Xinhua says since the websites are easy to access, many people, especially adolescents, get addicted to gambling and end up spending a lot of money.

On the other hand, leader of the Thai Civilised Party Mongkolkit Suksintharanon pushed for legalisation of online gambling last month. He says that foreign gambling websites bring in no revenue to Thailand and if online gambling are legal, the taxes could bring in 5 to 6 billion baht a year.

“There are many online gambling websites running in foreign countries for Thai people. The websites were running legally while it was illegal for Thai gamblers to play. There is also no taxation charged for gamblers and the Revenue Department is still confused about the law since it is ambiguous.”

SOURCES: Nation Thailand| Xinhua

Catch up with the latest daily “Thailand News Today” here on The Thaiger.

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.
Continue Reading

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Thai medic cautions against reducing quarantine period for foreign tourists

Maya Taylor

Published

on

Thai medic cautions against reducing quarantine period for foreign tourists | The Thaiger
PHOTO: AFP

On one side there is a push to re-open Thailand’s borders to re-start the beleaguered tourist industry. On the other hand Thai officials are try to keep Covid-19 contained and fear the re-opening of the borders. Even the suggestion to reduce the quarantine time from 14 to 7 days is not gaining support from health officials.

Now, a doctor from the Faculty of Medicine at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University says reducing the quarantine period for foreign tourists would be inviting disaster. Dr. Thira Woratanarat made his statement after a suggestion from the Tourism and Sports Minister that quarantine could be halved if all goes well when Thailand re-opens its borders to a limited number of foreign tourists.

“In Thailand, if we decide to follow the proposal to reduce the quarantine time to 7 days, it would be an invitation to disaster.”

Thira points to a growing number of cases in many parts of the world, with around 350,000 new cases a day reported worldwide. The number of total deaths from the virus has now reached the 1 million mark.

For its part, the government says Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakarn’s proposal is not under consideration and that all foreign tourists will still be subject to mandatory 14 day quarantine. Officials say until the global pandemic situation improves, current restrictions remain in place.

A plan is underway to allow a limited number of foreign tourists to return to the Kingdom under a Special Tourist Visa scheme. The visa is due to be approved today when PM Prayut Chan-o-cha chairs a meeting of the government’s Covid-19 task force.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

Catch up with the latest daily “Thailand News Today” here on The Thaiger.

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.
Continue Reading

Thailand

Van passengers hospitalised after gas leak on the way to Roi Et

Caitlin Ashworth

Published

on

Van passengers hospitalised after gas leak on the way to Roi Et | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Facebook: ปากช่องไทม์

Passengers in a van leaving from Bangkok ended up in the hospital after a gas leak went unnoticed. Many passengers began to feel dizzy and nauseous. Some had difficultly breathing before falling unconscious. Some passengers were even found foaming at the mouth.

The 34 year old driver, identified as Jakpong, was hired to drive the passengers from Bangkok to the Roi Et province in Thailand’s north east. He says he started noticing a burning smell when passing through Ayutthaya, just north of Bangkok. Jakpong stopped briefly at a gas station, but then continued to drive. A passenger started feeling nauseous and asked to stop again.

When the van stopped again at Nakhon Ratchasima’s Pak Chong District, the passenger who complained of nausea fainted while walking to the restroom. Other passengers tried to stand up, but some also fainted.

The petrol station attendants called emergency responders to attend to the van full of sick people. All 9 people in the van were sent to Chong Nana Hospital. A doctor from the hospital says some passengers report they had difficulty breathing and dizziness before falling unconscious. Some were found foaming at the mouth.

The driver told emergency responders that he was only slightly dizzy. The driver says he had no idea there was a gas leak. Police are still investigating.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

#รถตู้เหมาแก๊สรั่วผู้โดยสารหมดสติทั้งรถ.เมื่อเวลา 00.15 น.วันที่ 27 กันยายน นพ.ณรงค์ศักดิ์ บำรุงถิ่น…

Posted by ปากช่องไทม์ on Saturday, September 26, 2020

Catch up with the latest daily “Thailand News Today” here on The Thaiger.

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.
Continue Reading
Follow The Thaiger by email:

Trending