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Over 50,000 Russian tourists have visited Phuket in the past month

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This past month, 55,097 Russian tourists visited the island province, constituting the region’s largest tourist group ever. Seats on chartered aircraft to Phuket and Pattaya are being filled by Russian tourists. Aeroflot has stated that they would increase the frequency of direct flights to Phuket. This announcement comes less than two weeks after the triumphal return of Russian airlines to the island. The flagship airline of Russia announced on November 12 that the number of weekly flights flying from Russia to Phuket would increase by 14. According to Phuket Immigration, Indian tourists formed the second-highest group of visitors to Phuket last month. They numbered 26,525 in total. At 13,868, the number of visitors from Australia was the third highest. At 12,340, the number of tourists from the United Kingdom was the fourth largest. Germany ranked fifth with 11,097 tourists from that country. Prior to the spread of the Covid-19 virus, China was Phuket’s most profitable tourist destination. Nanthasiri Ronnasiri, the director of the Phuket office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), told The Phuket Express, “From the beginning of the year to the end of October, Phuket generated more than 119 billion baht. Even excluding the Chinese, this number indicates that Phuket’s tourism business has expanded by 80 percent.

The recent flood of Russian tourists in Thailand has completely surprised the country’s tourism authorities. According to the head of the Association of Thai Travel Agents, despite the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the Russian tourism sector has returned much more swiftly than anticipated (ATTA). During the month of December in particular, Koh Samui predicts an increase in the number of Russian tourists. Prior to the Covidian-19 outbreak and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Koh Samui’s reliance on tourists from Russia was a key contributor to the economy of the island. A week ago, the deputy governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) predicted that the number of Russian tourists visiting Thailand in 2019 will exceed one million. The number of international tourists who visited Thailand had already surpassed seven million as of October 26. Thus, Thailand is on track to fulfill the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) target range of seven to ten million visitors for 2022. In November, over 50,000 Russian tourists visited Phuket, indicating that this island is growing increasingly popular among Russian tourists.

Tourism in Thailand may fall next year

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Tourism industry professionals are concerned that the current rush of tourists to Thailand may be due to pent-up desire. If this is the case, then by the time next year rolls around, everyone who waited through the epidemic in order to enjoy a vacation in Thailand will have already booked their trips.

According to the TAT, this amount may be boosted to around 77,000 baht with the use of government incentives, most notably the availability of extended stays. Countries or territories that are exempt from Thai visa requirements currently receive a 45-day stamp instead of a 30-day stamp upon entering the nation. The extended stay program is expected to continue until at least March 2023. Phuket has already accumulated data indicating that European tourists are scheduling longer stays than in past years, most likely due to the new 45-day stamp. For the year 2022, it was determined that 10 million people will arrive from various regions of the globe by the end of the year. Now, Thailand is on course to reach this target, with the 10 millionth people expected to arrive on December 10. In commemoration of the anniversary, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will host “Amazing Thailand 10 Million Celebrations” on December 10 at all of the country’s ports of entry. The authorities continue to target 20 million international and domestic tourists for Thailand in 2019, which would produce a total of 2,300 billion baht from domestic and international tourism. Depending on the current state of Chinese tourism, achieving this objective may be easier or more difficult than anticipated. There are speculations that travel restrictions will be loosened by the month of March, especially after the official visit of President Xi Jinping to Thailand generated a large number of online comments from Chinese citizens expressing their desire to visit the kingdom of Thailand. However, the governor of the TAT has emphasized that the agency’s principal priority would be on expanding into other markets so that it is not dependent on Chinese tourists. However, they will closely monitor the situation for Chinese tourists in order to be ready once the crossings have been fully reopened. “The most essential thing we can do for the Chinese market is to maintain a positive image of Thailand and to delay enabling Chinese tourists to visit until they are permitted to do so.” For the time being, we will have to concentrate on expanding into other markets to compensate for the decline in business in China. Despite contrasting optimistic forecasts, the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) has issued a warning that the tourism industry in Thailand may see a severe downturn in the following year. Governor Yuthasak Supasorn of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) indicated that people were not permitted to travel or enjoy vacations for nearly three years owing to limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As soon as Thailand’s borders were reopened, an influx of overly eager tourists descended upon the country. And considering that all limitations were released in the previous month, a large number of anxious travelers booked their vacations to arrive during this High Season. However, the governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand is concerned that all of these people will return home by the beginning of March, causing a large fall in tourism in Thailand as a result of the forces returning to equilibrium. When the hard reality of the global recession, excessive inflation, sky-high plane ticket prices, and other travel expenditures sink in, potential vacationers will be compelled to postpone or even cancel their travels. However, Thai authorities are optimistic that the country’s tourism revenue will continue to increase in the future year. Previously, it was estimated that visitors would spend a total of 1.5 trillion baht this year, but that estimate has since been reduced to 1.3 trillion baht. The average cost of a trip to Thailand for tourists from foreign countries is approximately 60,000 baht.

To prevent racist perceptions, WHO renamed monkeypox

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The WHO will refer to monkeypox as “mpox.” Both terms will be used concurrently for one year as monkeypox is eliminated. Xavier Becerra, US Secretary of Health and Human Services, praised the announcement. “We must remove barriers to public health, and removing the stigma associated with the disease is important to our attempts to eradicate mpox.” The International Classification of Diseases lets the WHO rename diseases. It refrains from associating diseases and viruses with nations, regions, animals, or ethnic groupings. WHO will use mpox in its communications and encourages others to do similarly to reduce the negative impact of the present name. The one-year transition period prevents confusion caused by a name change during a global outbreak. This year, the WHO reported 81,107 confirmed cases and 55 deaths from 110 countries. 97% of individuals infected were male, with a median age of 34, and 85% had sexual contact with other men, according to the WHO’s case dashboard. Brazil (9,905), Spain (7,405), France (4,107), Colombia (3,803), Great Britain (3,720), Germany (3,672), Peru (3,444), Mexico (3,292), and Canada (3,292) have the most impacted people. 86% of global cases are theirs. Twelve instances of mpox have been documented in Thailand. The latest, a 25-year-old male from Oman, landed in Thailand on October 3 and traveled to Phuket with three pals the next day. The illness has spread throughout West and Central Africa since 1970. To avoid prejudice and stigma, the WHO is calling monkeypox mpox.

Media coverage of the May outbreak concerned the UN. The UN said the announcement “supported homophobic and racial sentiments and worsened stigmatization.” Following the current outbreak among sexually active men, the WHO has warned that anyone can get monkeypox. In May, the disease, which causes fever, muscle aches, and big boil-like skin lesions, spread rapidly, raising concerns of a pandemic. On July 23, the WHO declared the monkeypox outbreak a PHEIC, its highest alert level. Covid-19 did not pandemic. The WHO reported racist and stigmatizing rhetoric during the monkeypox pandemic earlier this year. Earlier this year, in response to a public survey, the WHO received nearly 200 proposed disease names. REZO, a men’s health organization, advised changing the word to mpox or Mpox and removing media depictions of monkeys to make the condition more severe. The WHO calls monkeypox mpv. For one year after monkeypox elimination, both labels will be used.