Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupana attributed the success in winning the inclusion into Unesco's Creative Cities Network to several parties from the ministries of Culture and Education, to educational institutions in the province and others.
"We submitted the proposal for the sake of the entire province. Phuket is a multi-cultural province, embracing multi-ethnics and religions but enjoying peaceful coexistence for over 150 years," she said.
On December 11, Unesco designated 47 cities from 33 countries as new members of its Creative Cities Network. Phuket, designated for its gastronomy, is the first city in Asean to be represented in the network.
The Creative Cities Network is currently formed by 116 Members from 54 countries covering seven creative fields: Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music and Media Arts.
Somjai said that Phuket's multi-cultural aspect is the first of five reasons of the designation. Second, food is a major part of rituals and represents the local people's lifestyle. Third, several dishes cannot be found elsewhere as the recipes are passed on only to family members. Fourth, public and private organisations as well as education institutions show firm cooperation in food innovation. Fifth, Phuket people have commanded hospitality, willing to share experiences with other cities in the network.