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Russia ranks second after the UK among European citizens spending their holidays in Thailand.
Russian visitors to the Asian nation spent nearly $2 billion in the country during 2015, says Vladimir Sosnov, the chief of the consulate department at the Russian embassy in Bangkok.
“Thailand’s Sports and Tourism Ministry sent us a statistical report on how Russians spend their holidays” said Sosnov, adding that major spending is related to hotels, food and shopping.
Figures from 2015 show that a large proportion of spending by Russians is for accommodation costs at 29 percent, with a similar figure going towards food and shopping at 23 percent each. Transport and entertainment contributed to 10 percent of the total.
Shopping in Thailand cost Russians $443 million, sightseeing $77 million and entertainment spending $196 million.
“Russia ranks second after the UK among European countries’ nationals spending their vacations in Thailand,” Sosnov said, adding that Russia is ninth among all countries. “If comparing the spending, Chinese, Malaysian and UK nationals top the rank, followed by Russia in fourth place.”
“Each Russian national spent approximately $130 in Thailand per day,” he said, adding that the average length of a holiday is 17 days.
Last year tourism in Thailand, which is contributes 10 precent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product, experienced significant growth. The total amount of foreign tourists reached record-breaking 29.8 million visitors, an increase of 20 percent according to the ministry.
Last year over 880,000 Russians visited Thailand for a holiday.