PHUKET: Vladimir V. Sosnov, Consul General of the Russian Federation for Phuket Province, met with Vice Governor of Phuket Pichet Panapong to discuss the prospect of Russian tourists returning to the island early in the next month.
Mr. Sosnov and his delegation met Vice Governor Pichet and other senior Phuket officials at the Provincial Hall yesterday (October 7).
Among the issues discussed was the drafting of a âMemorandum of Understanding on the establishment of relations between the province of Phuket and the city of Kamchatka, Russian Federationâ.
The meeting was also held to exchange ideas on the plan to open the country to the reception of foreign tourists under the Phuket Sandbox program, including Russian airlines that will fly to Phuket in early November 2021, according to one. report from the Phuket office of the public relations department. (PR Phuket).
Mr Sosnov said there were many Russian tourists interested in coming by traveling under the Phuket Sandbox project, according to the report.
“However, the Russian government continues to monitor the situation of those infected in Thailand, where the infection situation is high,” Sosnov said.
“Therefore, the Russian government has not yet recommended Russian tourists to come to Thailand,” he added.
Sosnov said the Russian Federation considers 40 new cases per day per 100,000 people to be a safe level of infection for Russian tourists.
“On this issue, Mr. Phichet Panaphong, vice governor of Phuket, explained that Phuket has only 30 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, which is considered a safe area and has strict disease control measures,” said the PR Phuket report.
âIn addition, more than 70% of the population of the Phuket region has been fully vaccinated, and it is expected that by the end of October, there will be over 70% of [the population having received] booster vaccinations by third injection also, âhe added, according to the report.
V / Gov Pichet noted that 496 Russian tourists have visited Phuket as part of the Phuket Sandbox project since September 1.
“On behalf of Phuket, thanks to the Consul General of the Russian Federation for the Province of Phuket for his visit and for providing useful information about Phuket,” said V / Gov Pichet, added the report.
âIt is a great pleasure to welcome Russian tourists and we hope that Russian airlines will serve Phuket directly soon. We would like to recommend that the Russian government accelerate the approval of charter flights to Phuket in order to further promote tourism between Russia and Phuket, âhe said.
Before closing the meeting and before the exchange of gifts, Sosnov stressed that the year 2022 will mark the 125th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Russia, the report by PR Phuket noted.