Short Memo: Study Trip to Phuket

Short Memo: Study Trip to Phuket


The city of Phuket, one of DELGOSEA’s best practice cities, was delighted to host a delegation from Surabaya City, led by the Mayor, Ms Tri Rismaharini, on 24 October 2013.

The delegation was keen to learn from the experience of Phuket, where the old town was successfully revitalised, becoming a thriving business and tourism centre of the island. Old shophouses were lovingly restored, old cultural traditions revived.

During a visit to Phuket City Hall, Dr Tasanee Aikvanich briefed the delegation on the challenges and successes of the original project, expertly fielding questions and giving background explanations. A dinner hosted by the Mayor of Phuket, Ms Somjai Suwansupana, proved a fitting end to an informative trip.

More information on Phuket on

Phuket: Preserving Old Town Architecture and Reviving Traditions as Tourist Attraction and Economic Driver