Wannaprapa Sooksomboon – Assistant Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket’s Office, said that Pensuda Praiaram – Deputy Director of TAT would lead TAT Phuket, central TAT staff, Somjai Suwansupapana – Mayor of Phuket City, and her team to visit China. This visit aims to select Chinese performances from Chengdu, Kunming, Shanghai, and other cities in China to perform in the 12th Old Phuket Festival and Chinese New Year in 2011.
Moreover, the trip members would visit Kwang Ter Temple in Suiming to receive the holy stamp of Kuan Yin, a Chinese goddess. It was believed that the temple was the origin of the Kuan Yin legend.
Somjai, as the Mayor of Phuket City, said that Old Phuket Festival and Chinese New Year had very good feedback from Phuket residents and visitors every year. The event promoted Phuket’s original way of life as well as supported Phuket Town’s economy.