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Published on : Monday, January 11, 2016
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has recognised Phuket in southern Thailand as a ‘City of Gastronomy’, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported. This year, Phuket was the only city in Asia to be honoured with the title.
Phuket was selected from 47 cities of 33 member nations to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, said Minister of Education cum Chairman of the Thai National Commission for UNESCO Dapong Ratanasuwan.
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and dubbed as the ‘Pearl of the Andaman Sea’. In 2014, the island with a population of almost 250,000 served 12 million tourists, including eight million from overseas and earned tourism revenue of 259 billion baht (US$7.1 billion).
Launched in 2004, the 116-member network aims to foster international cooperation between cities to promote investment in innovative industry for sustainable urban development, social connectivity and cultural vibrancy.
The network covers seven creative fields: crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, music and media arts.