Surabaya has won the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation in the Online Popular City category. The East Javanese city was able to beat the likes of Yiwu, China, Santa Fe, and Argentina, among others.

The efforts of the Mayor of Surabaya, Tri Rismaharani, to encourage the nation to vote didn’t disappoint when the city got more than 1.5 million votes. It was through active social media campaigns that Risma was able to convince enough people to obtain first place. Recently, Surabaya has piqued the attention of many as its ever-growing city and community are a fascinating insight into urban development.

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Tags: Indonesia, Surabaya, January 2019 Issue, Guangzhou International Award