PHUKET: It is a pity that regional mass transport issues, and 'mega-projects' to whoosh ever-more tourists around the island, trumped the need for more sustainable tourism development during Tuesday's mobile Cabinet meeting here in Phuket.

In the first-ever official visit to the island by a female Thai premier, PM Yingluck Shinawatra performed admirably. She was smiling and charismatic throughout, despite a truly hectic schedule and wave after wave of people seeking her attention.

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