Pattaya tourism with a focus on Russian and Indian travelers
Chinese travelers were the be-all and end-all of Pattaya tourism, but with Covid-19 restrictions, the Pattaya Business and Tourism Association is instead focusing on Indian and Russian tourists for its scheduled reopening on October 1, while other cities and provinces will instead Having postponed reopening plans, Pattaya is ready to reopen to international travelers in just over a week.
China does not currently allow its citizens to travel internationally in tour groups like those that traditionally flocked to Pattaya, and requires a three-week quarantine for anyone returning home from abroad. While China remains closed in an attempt 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 authorities are turning their attention to Indian and Russian tourists who are less restricted in their trips and can now visit Thailand. Both countries allow their citizens to travel abroad and do not require quarantine on return, unlike Korea and Taiwan, other popular tourism demographics. Pattaya is popular with tourists from both India and Russia, and there is currently a lot of interest according to tourism industry reports.
The return quarantine issue has negatively impacted Thailand’s attempts to bring tourism back as British and Australian tourists were subjected to very expensive quarantines on return and were evicted along with Chinese, Korean and Taiwanese tourists. The US is one of the greatest sources of tourism and travelers to Thailand as it doesn’t require quarantine when they get home.
But quarantine on arrival in Thailand is still a major deterrent for potential arriving tourists, with both Russians and Indians expressing their dislike for it, especially since the Indians are just a short flight away and therefore rather short trips of just a few days to Thailand company.
India also faced the problem that after the Delta variant tore through India causing a staggeringly large wave of Covid-19 infections, Indians were banned from traveling to Thailand, with few limited exceptions for business or family travel. Officials hope the restrictions will be relaxed and Indians as well as Russians will help revitalize Pattaya’s international tourism economy.
SOURCE: The Pattaya News
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