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Offline thaiga

Russian Tourism Group Threatens Thailand Boycott
« on: November 21, 2013, 12:25:35 PM »
The Russian Union of Travel Industry (RUTI) has urged the Thai authorities to improve safety for Russian tourists in Thailand or face a boycott from its members.

The Union, which represents more than 5,000 business groups and state agencies related to tourism industry in Russia, has submitted the letter to the Moscow office of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said Mr. Narin Tijayung, director of the TAT branch in Moscow.

The letter followed the road accident which injured more than 30 Russians in Pattaya on 15 November, four of them in serious condition. 51 Russian tourists were on their double-deck bus when it overturned on the highway, which the police believed was caused by the driver was dosing behind the wheel.

There have also been other cases of Russian tourists suffering from accidents or crimes in Thailand. Last month, 1 Russian tourist was killed and more than 30 other Russian passengers were injured when their tour bus flipped over in Kanchanaburi province.

Mr. Narin said the letter submitted by RUTI, which is addressed to the Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports, called for a concise, practical measure to ensure safety for Russian tourists in the kingdom.

The letter specifically names road safety in Thailand as the main concern for the RUTI and its members, Mr. Narin added, such as the training of drivers, the condition of vehicles, and traffic regulations which have been lightly enforced.

The RUTI also reportedly demanded the Thai government to solve these issues within the end of November, otherwise it will consider responses necessary to maintain the safety of Russian citizens by canceling all scheduled charter flights from Russia throughout the period of December 2013 - March 2014.

If the cancellation indeed came to effect, other countries in the region, such as Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam would be picked as destinations instead of Thailand, the letter reportedly warned.
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Re: Russian Tourism Group Threatens Thailand Boycott
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2013, 02:52:20 PM »
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Offline thaiga

Re: Meeting called after Russia's threat
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2013, 04:58:17 PM »
The Tourism and Sports Ministry calls for a joint meeting with the Transport Ministry and the Tourism Council of Thailand on November 26, following a possible boycott from Russia.

According to Tourism Minister Somsak Pureesrisak, Narin Tijayung, the director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand office in Moscow, said that the Russian Union of Travel Industry (RUTI) submitted a letter to the Moscow office following a road accident in Chon Buri, when a double decker bus they were travelling on overturned on the highway. Four of those traveling were in a serious condition after the accident. It threatens to boycott Thailand if the standards are not improved.

The RUTI unites about one thousand companies, the activity of which is connected with tourism. It brings together travel agencies, hotels, sanatoriums, mass media, educational institution, transportation companies and other organisations, that work in the travel and leisure industry.

Somsak said that the joint discussion is necessary as this issue involves not just his ministry. The Russian ambassador to Thailand will also be invited.

"The ministry promises to take the best care of all tourists, from whatever nation," he said. "We need to find out what is the reason for the increasing accidents to Russian tourists."

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Re: Russian Tourism Group Threatens Thailand Boycott
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2013, 08:05:23 AM »
Is Somsak deliberately missing the point?

I wish that the Brits had some organisation that stood up for them as RUTI does for it's own nationals. Perhaps the British Embassy would like to start the ball rolling by rejecting the BS and demanding action of travel safety, crime against foreigners and dual pricing. Could the Thai government and TAT be persuaded to cleaning up their act might in itself boost tourism? On the other hand, the Embassy is probably too busy sending officials to dine with other embassy diplomats and tip toeing around the sensitivities of the Thai elite.

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Re: New safety measures for foreign visitors to be established
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2013, 01:42:00 PM »
BANGKOK, 27 Nov 2013 (NNT) - A working group comprising representatives from two key ministries has been set up to design comprehensive safety measures for foreign tourists following an accident that injured 30 Russians.

Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt recently met with Tourism and Sports Minister Somsak Phureesrisak to discuss ways to enhance safety for foreign travelers after 30 Russians were wounded in an accident.

The incident prompted Russia's council of tourism industry to issue an ultimatum to the Thai Government to take action in ensuring safety for foreigners, or they would stop encouraging Russians to visit Thailand. The Russian tourism council indicated that it has more than 5,000 travel agencies under its chain which are ready to recommend other tourist destinations to their customers.

Nonetheless, the meeting between the ministers of Transports and Tourism covered tightened safety measures for all travelers, not just Russians, the Transport Minister said.

Mr. Chadchart stated that representatives from the government and private sectors also met at a recent meeting during which they identified a number of problems besetting foreign tourists.

Those problems include, among others, the lack of maturity of public transport drivers, driving licenses of foreigners, and vehicle rentals which were causes of several accidents happened to tourists.

The meeting established a working group to address the issues headed by Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Transport Ministry Teerapong Rodprasert. The committee will employ officials from both Transport and Tourism & Sports Ministries as well as tourism police and tourism related private agencies in formulating appropriate solutions within 2 weeks.
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Re: Russian Tourism Group Threatens Thailand Boycott
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2013, 08:24:00 PM »
They just don't get it.

Poor driving.

Badly maintained vehicles.

Shocking road systems and maintenance.

Crime against tourists.

Ineffective policing.

Filthy beaches and seas.


The occasional coach crash is only part of the problem.


Offline Al

Re: Russian Tourism Group Threatens Thailand Boycott
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2013, 08:45:48 PM »
Saf, you nailed it.

The only thing I could add is the demonstrations, potential violence and a gov't that may not be intact for very long.  Not the most ideal conditions for someone looking for a nice place to create positive vacation memories, while willingly leaving their hard earned monies behind.


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Re: Russian Tourism Group Threatens Thailand Boycott
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2013, 08:14:41 AM »
The feeling is that the PM will win the no confidence vote today. Whatever the result, either of the street groups may kick off.