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Surat Thani welcomes Russian tourists on inaugural flight

 

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SURAT THANI (NNT) - The southern province of Surat Thani has welcomed a group of Russian tourists who booked an entire inaugural flight from their country to Surat Thani, as they plan to celebrate the arrival of 2020 on Samui, Phangan and Tao islands.

 

On Friday (Dec 27) at Surat Thani International Airport, the Governor of Surat Thani, Witchawut Jinto, and a team of officials welcomed a total of 432 Russian tourists, who booked the inaugural flight of Nordwind Airlines from Novosibirsk in Russia to the southern province. The officials welcomed them with a water presentation and a cultural performance. The visitors from Russia say they plan to take a vacation on Samui Island for 11 to 12 days. More tourists from Russia are expected to arrive this weekend.

 

Mr. Witchawut said Surat Thani is one of the most popular tourist destinations in southern Thailand. The coastal province is a gateway to many famous islands, such as Samui, Phangan and Tao. Surat Thani is also a transportation hub for the upper southern region, as it offers all modes of transport on land, by air, sea and rail, connecting the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. This month, the province welcomes flights from Chengdu in China and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Between December 27 and April 22, Surat Thani is to welcome 32 flights from Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk, both in Russia. About 12,760 tourists are expected to visit Surat Thani during this period, generating revenue of 500 million baht. This is a good opportunity to promote tourism during the New Year and Songkran holidays. Authorities in Surat Thani are ready to ensure the safety of tourists, so they can enjoy the beautiful beaches, popular attractions, delicious seafood and the generosity of the local people.

 

Supranee Pongpat, the TAT Executive Director of Europe, Africa and Middle East, said today Surat Thani is renowned for its beautiful tourist attractions and coastal shoreline. The province is ready to accommodate the increasing number of tourists from Russia. The TAT Office in Moscow has collaborated with Pegas Touristik, a major tour agency in Russia, to promote a tourism package of 11 days and 12 nights in Surat Thani’s Samui, Phangan and Tao islands from the winter season to April next year.

 

Each charter flight can hold a maximum of 440 passengers. The inaugural flight is a positive sign for tourism in Surat Thani and nearby provinces.

 

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I guess this is to what the Minister of Tourism and Sports was referring, when he mentioned new tourists.

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51 minutes ago, Eindhoven said:

new tourists

Russians, Novosibirsk, Nordwind, Pegas: not new.

Surat Thani nonstop is the only news.

 

They can be happy to have more Russians again.

And that with the Russian ruble with miserable exchange rate since 2015.

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On 12/27/2019 at 5:47 PM, snoop1130 said:

11 days and 12 nights

I'm not even gonna correct it

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She they couldn't just fly direct to Samui without all the hassles of buses and ferries after a long flight....still we all know the reason why.

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On 12/27/2019 at 5:47 PM, snoop1130 said:

The officials welcomed them with a water presentation and a cultural performance.

Just what you feel like watching after a 12(?) hour flight with 440 people on it!

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1 hour ago, thenewgoo said:

Just what you feel like watching after a 12(?) hour flight with 440 people on it!

It'd be about 8hrs flight time, some 5,300km, but you stay in the same time zone.

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Two faced bastards not that long ago they was complaining about the Russians, it's ok the Russians will see right through them

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The good news was she didn't get her bag of handbags turfed out and seized 🤔

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On 12/28/2019 at 7:47 PM, MarcB said:
On 12/27/2019 at 5:47 PM, snoop1130 said:

11 days and 12 nights

I'm not even gonna correct it

It is not necessarily incorrect.

You arrive at say 17.30 on day 1 and you leave at 07.30 on day 12.

11 days and 12 nights.

Your are not here during the day on days 1 and 12.

(I will now have another beer and look at that again tomorrow 😎)

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On 12/29/2019 at 9:19 AM, baansgr said:

She they couldn't just fly direct to Samui without all the hassles of buses and ferries after a long flight....still we all know the reason why.

Yep. Not enough landing slots.

The government restricts the number of slots allowed on private airports (Samui). This forces airlines to use government airports (such as Suratthani) and the government makes more money.

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