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11 May 2012 Thailand reiterates strong commitment to sustainable tourism development
Thailand’s Prime Minster, Yingluck Shinawatra, has become the latest head of state to join the Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign, a joint UNWTO / World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) initiative aimed at rallying support for tourism among world leaders (Bangkok, Thailand, 2 May 2012).
11 May 2012 Myanmar set to rejoin UNWTO
The President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, U Thein Sein, has announced the country will initiate the process of restoring its membership of UNWTO. The decision was confirmed during an official visit of UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. On the occasion, highlighting the role of tourism in the future of Myanmar, President Sein joined the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, 7 May 2012).
20 April 2012 Tourism plays major role in Vietnam’s socio-economic development says Vice-President
Highlighting tourism’s contribution to Vietnam’s development, Vice-President, Nguyen Thi Doan, joined the UNWTO/World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Hanoi, Vietnam, 20 April 2012).
2 March 2012 Serbian President highlights the value of tourism on joining the Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign
UNWTO and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) have welcomed Serbian President Boris Tadic’s move to join the Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign, which brings together heads of state and government that have recognized tourism’s potential for economic growth and development (Belgrade, Serbia, 24 February 2012).
1 March 2012 President Aquino of the Philippines rallies support for tourism, joins UNWTO/WTTC campaign
Philippines President Benigno Aquino III has joined the growing number of world leaders that are part of the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign, aimed at rallying support for tourism at the highest level of government (Manila, Philippines, 28 February 2012).
17 February 2012 UNWTO partners with Armenia to organize conference on tourism’s contribution to cultural diversity
A conference on “Universal Values and Cultural Diversity in the 21st Century: How can tourism make a difference?” will be held in Yerevan, Armenia (18-19 October, 2012) as agreed during a meeting between Armenian President, Serzh Sargsyan, and UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. On the occasion of the meeting, President Sargsyan joined the ongoing UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign. 
11 January 2012 Sultan of Brunei joins UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign
Brunei became the latest country to join the Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign when His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’Izzaddin Waddualah accepted an Open Letter on the importance of travel and tourism (Brunei, 09 January).
24 November 2011 Tourism a priority for Azerbaijan says President Ilham Aliyev, joins UNWTO/WTTC campaign
Tourism has the full support of the Azerbaijani Government said President Ilham Aliyev on becoming the latest head of state to join the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Baku, Azerbaijan, 15 November).
4 November 2011 Tourism an engine for development says President of Colombia - Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign
Tourism has been at the forefront of Colombia’s economic and social transformation over the last decade. On the back of this success, Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, joined the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Bogotá, Colombia, 3 November 2011).
19 October 2011 Prime Minister of Malaysia: tourism key to country’s economic transformation
Tourism has a crucial role in transforming Malaysia into a high-income country by 2020 said Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, on joining the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 17 October 2011).