03 July 2015
WORLD TOURISM ORGANISATION FIFTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY, NEW DELHI 3.10.1983
The fifth session of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) will be held in New Delhi from 3rd October 1983. Nearly 500 delegates from 105 member countries of WTO will take part in the session which will be held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. The World Tourism Organisation 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 industries such as airlines, tour operators, hoteliers etc. WTO is located at Madrid, Spain. WTO is the only organisation whose activities cover all sectors of tourism on a worldwide 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 the organisation and in fact is an elected member of WTO's Executive Council. The fifth General Assembly will meet in New 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 to 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 meeting of six Regional Commissions including that of South Asia and also the meeting of the Committee of the Affiliated Members.
The stamp shows the Ghats of Varanasi, the famous tourist spot of the country. The first day cover shows the logo of the 5th General Assembly of World Tourism Organisation.