Connect with us

Pattaya

Pattaya tourism focusing on Russian and Indian travellers

Published

 on 

PHOTO: Pattaya will focus its international reopening on Russian and Indian tourists. (hadi mazumder unsplash)

Chinese travellers have been the bread-and-butter for Pattaya tourism, but with Covid-19 restrictions, The Pattaya Business and Tourism Association is focusing on Indian and Russian tourists instead for the planned reopening on October 1. The president of the PBTA had announced that while other cities and provinces have postponed reopening plans, Pattaya stands ready to reopen to international travellers in just over a week.

China is not currently allowing its citizens to travel internationally in tour groups like the ones that have traditionally flocked to Pattaya and require 3 weeks of quarantine for anyone returning home from abroad. While China remains closed off to try to completely eliminate Covid-19, Pattaya is pushing ahead with reopening as Thailand moves towards a strategy of living with Covid-19.

As a result, tourism officials are setting their sights on Indian and Russian tourists who are less restricted in their travels and can visit Thailand now. Both countries allow their citizens to travel abroad and do not require quarantine on return, unlike Korea and Taiwan, other popular tourism demographics. Pattaya has been popular for tourists from both India and Russia and tourism industry reports say there is currently plenty of interest as well.

The quarantine-on-return issue has had a negative effect on Thailand’s attempts at bringing back tourism, with UK and Australian tourists subject to very expensive quarantines upon returning, driving them away along with Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese tourists. The USA has been one of the biggest sources of tourism and travellers to Thailand since they do not require any quarantine when they get home.

But quarantine upon arriving in Thailand is still a big deterrent for potential incoming tourists, with Russians and Indians both expressing distaste for it, especially as Indians are just a quick flight away so they tend to take short trips of only a few days to Thailand.

India also has had the problem that after the Delta variant tore through India creating a stunningly large wave of Covid-19 infections, Indians were banned from travelling to Thailand with only a few limited exceptions for business or family travel. Officials hope restrictions will ease and Indians, as well as Russians, will help restart Pattaya’s international tourism economy.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

For more information on how to get into Thailand during the pandemic, CLICK HERE

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand8 hours ago

Man arrested for spycam porn, 39 videos feature Thai stars

Thailand8 hours ago

Is poor English proficiency holding Thailand back?

Thailand8 hours ago

Shopee stops all bank payments after hackers steal from customer in Thailand

Sponsored16 hours ago

Challenges of starting a business in Thailand as a foreigner

Thailand8 hours ago

Thailand News Today | CAAT warns Thai VietJet for canceling three Phuket

Crime9 hours ago

Cat killer feels no guilt over sadistic act

Koh Samui9 hours ago

Koh Samui’s Moving Market – a hidden local treat

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Visa9 hours ago

Thailand’s 10 year LTR visa most popular among Americans and Chinese

Politics10 hours ago

Thailand PM wants to groom successor in two years

Bangkok10 hours ago

VIDEO: Taxi meter rises suspiciously quickly in Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand11 hours ago

Man wins 144 million baht in Thailand’s lottery

Bangkok11 hours ago

Plumber murders and robs Thai woman in Bangkok

Drugs12 hours ago

Man returns for bag with meth pills he left at restaurant

Transport12 hours ago

Porsche sales in Thailand roaring thanks to nation’s entrepreneurs

Visa12 hours ago

Overstay crackdown uses facial recognition tech

Thailand13 hours ago

Father dies trying to save son from teenage gang

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending