[IMG=20719-6486] Russian tour operators that specialize in tours to Thailand forecast booming sales for the destination in the winter season. According to them the tsunami of 2004 has shaded away and even in low season the country is visited by many Russian tourists. ‘Thailand is in demand even in summer. The sales depth is two-three weeks’, confirmed Roman Ribakov, PR Director of TEZ TOUR.
Experts say that the image of an affordable exotic country where it is hot even in winter unlike other mass-market beach destinations also engenders growth in demand for Thailand. Furthermore, Nikolaqy Salikhov, Director of the Thai Incoming Company, Ivan Susanin, pointed out that one more stimulus will soon appear – lack of visa formalities for Russian tourists coming to Thailand. ‘The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand asserted visa abolishment’, emphasized the expert. Current possibility to get a visa on arrival is not convenient for those who stay in the country for more than 15 days. ‘Average tour duration has increased from 14 to 16 days, some clients stay for three weeks. Many tourists want to visit the neighboring countries – Cambodia or Vietnam - first that is easier to organize with a non-visa entry to the country’.
Thailand Tourist Board in Moscow implicitly confirmed that the country’s authorities are ready to abolish visa regime. Nevertheless, Konstantin Kinel, the Head of the Tourist Board, thinks that the situation is unclear at the moment. ‘The decision depends on Russia. There are certain restrictions for Thailand regarding third-country nationals crossing the border. Russia has not received the guarantees yet’, said Konstantin Kinel.
It is fair to add that the information about coming visa abolishment in Thailand appears regularly, however, each time it turns out to be … rumors.
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