Pattaya Daily News

28 February 2007 :: 17:02:04 pm 25939

Ministry demands Pattaya tourist police catch culprit in Russian tourist Slaying ASAP

In an attempt at damage limitation, the Thai Tourism and Sports Ministry has insisted that Pattaya Tourist Police catch the slayer of the two female Russian tourists post-haste to restore foreign confidence.
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However, the Association of Domestic Travel astutely consider the case involving the murder of the misses Tatiana Tsimfer and Liubov Svirkova in Jomtien on Saturday morning has already wreaked lasting damage on the Thai tourist market. Tourist and Sports Minister, Mr. Suvit Yodmani, reported that the UK, Australia and Canada had already issuing travel warnings for Thailand to their citizens.

Mr. Suvit Yodmani is apparently overseeing the murder investigation and has urged the Tourist Police to solve the murder quickly. The Tourist and Sports Minister is deeply concerned about the negative impact this incident will have upon tourist numbers coming to Thailand. With reason, one might say, as this is yet one more in a litany of assaults on foreign tourists, notably Russians.

The Russians are the latest in a succession of nationalities who have favoured the popular, but infamous, beach resort in Eastern Thailand. Charter flights fly direct from Moscow and other prominent Russian cities to Pattaya’s local airport, U Tapao, and they constitute one of the largest cash earners for Pattaya, staying longer and having a larger expenditure than other foreign tourists. However, one wonders just how long this Russian influx will continue, and, more worryingly, if the Russian Mafiya will be tempted to take retaliatory measures.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Tourism News

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