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 India on World Tourism Organisation 1983

India on World Tourism Organisation 1983

A commemorative postage stamp on the 5th General Assembly of World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), New Delhi : Ghats of Varanasi :

Ganga River in Kashi : World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) : Manikarnika GhatIssued by India

Issued on Oct 3, 1983

Issued for : Indian Posts & Telegraphs Department is happy to issue a special stamp on its occasion.

Description of Designs : The stamp, designed by India Security Press, Nasik, on the basis of a transparency provided by India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) shows the Ghats of Varanasi, the famous tourist spot of the country. The first day cover designed by ITDC shows the logo of the 5th General Assembly of World Tourism Organization. Cancellation has been designed by Alka Sharma.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 200 Paise

Overall size : 4.8 x 3.6 cms.

Printing size : 4.35 x 3.15 cms.

Perforation : 14 x 14

Paper : Unwatermarked imported stamp paper

Number printed : 15,00,000

Number per issue sheet : 20

Printing process : Photogravure

Printed at : India Security Press

About : 

  • At the invitation of the Government of India, the fifth session of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) will be held in New Delhi from 3rd October to 14th October, 1983. Nearly 500 delegates from the 105 member countries of WTO will take part in the session which will be held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. The Assembly session will be inaugurated by the President of India, on 3rd October, 1983.
  • The World Tourism Organization is an inter-governmental body concerned with the development and promotion of tourism all over the world. Besides the membership of the above 105 countries, it has several Associate Members from the travel industry such as airlines, tour operators, hoteliers etc. WTO is located at Madrid, Spain.
  • WTO is the only organization whose activities cover all sectors of tourism on a world-wide basis. It provides an international forum where tourism officials and tourism experts discuss problems and exchange ideas in order to organise, administer and manage tourism programmes and thereby develop and promote tourism for the economic, social and cultural awareness of the nations. WTO is the implementing agency of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with regard to tourism projects all over the world.
  • India has been taking a leading role in the activities of this Organization and in fact is an elected member of WTO’s Executive Council. The fifth General Assembly will meet in Delhi as a result of the invitation extended at the last Assembly meeting held in Rome in 1981 by India’s Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation.
  • The General Assembly in New Delhi, among other things, will discuss development and promotion of international as well as domestic tourism, importance of tourism as an economic activity, study of tourism’s contribution towards protecting environment and giving due importance to tourism by the member countries in their developmental activities. The fifth General Assembly in New Delhi will include 21st and 22nd sessions of WTO Executive Council, the meetings of the six Regional Commissions including that of South Asia and also the meeting of the Committee of the Affiliate Members.
  • (Text by courtesy : Department of Tourism, Govt. of India)
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