The tourist flow from Russia to Phuket increased by 50% in 2016
“In 2016 Phuket was visited by in 1.5 times more Russian tourists, than a year earlier”, - reports Phuket Gazette with reference to the study of the expert group C9 Hotelworks. The Russian flow to Phuket increased by 51% for the year. According to the publication, more than 50% of all tourists, arriving the country from Russia are heading to Phuket. In 2016, Russian visitors brought to the economy of Phuket an income of 30 billion baht (about $ 848 million). “One of the main factors, contributing to the growth of the tourist flow from Russia, was the closure of Egypt on the Russian tourist market”, - the newspaper said. Another factor, that helped to increase the total number of Russian tourists, was the strengthening of the Ruble. About 80% of the tourist flow from Russia are organized tourists. Russians prefer hotels of category 4-stars. The average length of rest for Russians in Phuket is 10.5 days.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.