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Indonesia lends voice to global tourism initiative

posted Jun 24, 2011, 7:15 PM by Dong Travel   [ updated Jun 24, 2011, 7:35 PM by Mickey Dong Hoang Thinh ]
Indonesia presiden, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has become the first Asian head of state to pledge his country's support for the UNWTO and World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)'s Global Leader for Tourism campaign.

As part of the campaign, UNWTO and WTTC are jointly presenting heads of state and governments around the world with an invitation to acknowledge tourism’s role in delivering on sustained and balanced growth, and to prioritise the sector high in national policies, in order to maximise its potential.

The campaign has already received the support of the presidents of Mexico, South Africa, Kazakhstan, and Hungary, while President Yudhoyono accepted the invitation extended by UNWTO secretary general, Taleb Rifai, during a recent meeting in Bali.

"We are delighted that Indonesia has joined this important campaign to raise international awareness of the relevance of travel and tourism. Indonesia is sending out a strong message that it recognises tourism’s potential as a force for development." said Rifai.

Presiden Yudhoyono said: "Tourism plays a significant role not only in the preservation of cultural values, but also in increasing people’s welfare. Tourism has provided job opportunities for millions of people across the globe. It is a leading export of developing countries, and a key stimulus in the transformation to a green economy.”

WTTC presiden and CEO, David Scowsill, added: "The importance of travel and tourism as a driver of Indonesia's economy is clear. Over the next ten years, travel and tourism's contribution to the country's GDP is expected to grow by nearly six per cent per year."

Source: TTGAsia