New Russian Convenience Center aims to ease language difficulties for tourists

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Pattaya’s huge Russian population now has its own tourist-assistance center, staffed by native speakers to help visitors needing police assistance and general information.

Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho and Pattaya Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh were on hand for the privately-run Russian Convenience Center’s July 17 opening in Jomtien.

(L to R) Oleg Tarasov, manager of the center; Phraibun Tangthawat, former chairman of lawyers, Pattaya city; Sakchai Taengho, Banglamung district chief; Illia Miasnikov, founder of the center; and Ronakit Ekasingh, deputy mayor of Pattaya, cut the ribbon to officially open the center.(L to R) Oleg Tarasov, manager of the center; Phraibun Tangthawat, former chairman of lawyers, Pattaya city; Sakchai Taengho, Banglamung district chief; Illia Miasnikov, founder of the center; and Ronakit Ekasingh, deputy mayor of Pattaya, cut the ribbon to officially open the center.

Owner Illia Miasnikov and Manager Oleg Tarasov said the center was started to act as an intermediary to help Russians communicate with police and to provide Russian-language tourist information.

Miasnikov said the center will be staffed by native Russian speakers as well as Thai officers fluent in Russian. The center will contact Pattaya’s Crime Protection and Suppression officers in case of legal problems, make complaints from tourists and help mediate disputes hampered by language difficulties.

“This will help build confidence for Russian tourists vacationing or investing in Pattaya, as it will help ease difficulties in tourism and business communications,” Sakchai said.

The center is located at 380/31-32 Moo 12 Jomtien Second Road and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. For information, call 038-059-658.