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DELGOSEA Beneficiaries | This month: Supaporn Dusittanakarin, Cultural Tourism Promotion Task Force

DELGOSEA Beneficiaries | This month: Supaporn Dusittanakarin, Cultural Tourism Promotion Task Force
02/03/2012

Thailand

In its last project year, DELGOSEA is focusing on the actual implementation of the best practices. Who is better placed to judge the impact and success of these replications than the people on the ground in the pilot cities? Representatives of the 16 pilot cities will share with us their views on what makes the replication successful as well as the challenges they are facing during the implementation. This month features Pakkret, one of our four Thai pilot cities or municipalities.

Pakkret is replicating a successful project carried out by Solo on the Indonesian island of Java, which targeted the problem of unregulated street vendors and the decay of traditional markets. One of the effects of relocating street vendors to old and underused markets was an increase in the tourism potential of Solo as the old market area became much more attractive than it used to be. It was particularly this aspect of the best practice that interested the local government in Pakkret, which is hoping to revitalise the town’s old waterfront into an atmospheric and vibrant market area that would attract visitors to the town.

In a chat with DELGOSEA, Mrs Supaporn Dusittanakarin who is a committed member of the cultural tourism promotion task force since the project began in Pakkret and deeply involved in the day to day aspects of the project, expressed her ambition that ‘in the near future, Pakkret old waterfront market will be revitalized and become as famous as Ampawa Floating Market.’ As a former vice president of the Pakkret old waterfront market development group, Mrs Dusittanakarin has been involved in attempts to bring back the market to its former glory since 2008. She was, therefore, delighted to get the chance of being supported by DELGOSEA. She very much hopes that by learning from the best practice city and receiving help from experts, ‘our sleeping market will awaken faster’.

The task force is satisfied with the progress made so far, though she admits that the pace of change has been a bit slow so far – there are still areas of conflict of interests between the market shophouses and the street vendors outside which need to be resolved. However, Mrs Dusittanakarin stressed that there has been ‘continuous support from the municipal staff,’ which is extremely helpful in addressing the remaining challenges and helps to move the project along. She expects that the municipality will remain involved, becoming the link between the community and the owners of the shop houses that constitute the old market area, as well as helping to organise the move of street vendors into the area. Being part of the DELGOSEA project makes all the difference, she feels, since this has made the municipality more aware and supportive of activities to revitalise the market that had already begun earlier.

At the end of the day, the project is all about ‘giving the old market its identity back’ and Mrs Dusittanakarin feels confident that this will be achieved with the help of the DELGOSEA experts.

The interview was conducted by DELGOSEA Thailand national coach Dr.Tasanee Aikvanich.


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