The pair met behind closed doors at Phuket Provincial Hall with Mr Atac emerging from his session with Phuket Governor Maitree Intrusud to brief journalists.
''We discussed ways to grow tourism,'' Mr Atac said. He said that the governor was keen for tourists to understand the laws of Thailand and potential dangers - such as the risks on the beaches - before they left their resorts.
Mr Atac said he expected the number of Russians coming to Phuket and Thailand to continue to increase.
About 70 percent of the Russians who visited Phuket came with Pegas, he said.
''Pegas brings about 580,000 Russians a year to Thailand and about 210,000 of them come to Phuket.''
He said it was important for people to understand that the Pegas drivers were working on contracts, and were not employed directly by Pegas.
He said the aim was to bring people to Thailand so they could enjoy the country, not just to boost the Pegas business.