February 17 – 19, 2017
MESA CONVENTION CENTER
263 NORTH CENTER STREET
MESA, ARIZONA 85201-6628
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY 10 AM – 6 PM SUNDAY 10 AM – 3 PM
FREE PARKING – $ 5 admission good for all three days of the show
SHOW THEME OF ARIPEX 2017:
SUSTAINABLE TOURISM FOR DEVELOPMENT
The United Nations (UN) General assembly has approved and declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The resolution, adopted on 4 December, 2016, recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world.”
“The declaration by the United Nations of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development is a unique opportunity to advance the contribution of the tourism sector to the three pillars of sustainability – economic, social and environmental, while raising awareness of the true dimensions of a sector which is often undervalued” according to UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. “As the lead UN agency for this initiative, UNWTO is very much looking forward to proceeding with the organization and implementation of the International Year, in collaboration with Governments, relevant organizations of the UN system, other international and regional organizations and all other relevant stakeholders,” he added.
This decision follows the recognition by global leaders at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) that “well-designed and well-managed tourism” can contribute to the three dimensions of sustainable development, to job creation and to trade.
The decision to adopt 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development comes at a particularly important moment as the international community embraces the new Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), approved by the UN General Assembly last September. Tourism is included as targets under three of the SDGs – SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all; SDG 12: Sustainable Consumption and Production and SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
ARIPEX 2015 HAS BEEN SELECTED TO HOST THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE FIRST DAY OF ISSUE CEREMONY FOR THE NEW 1c BOBCAT COIL STAMP. The Official USPS First Day of Issue Ceremony will take place on Saturday, February 21, 2015 in the Grand Plaza, just outside of building “C”, at 11:30 AM at the Mesa Convention Center. The official mascot of the Arizona Diamondbacks professional baseball team, D. Baxter the Bobcat, will unveil the new issue at the ceremony. Official United States Postal Service First Day of Issue Ceremony programs will be provided free of charge to the public, limited to one per person. One can purchase this new issue and additional postage at the USPS booth, located just inside the lobby of building “c” and receive an official USPS First Day of Issue cancellation.
WE ARE HOSTING THE FOLLOWING PHILATELIC SOCIETIES FOR ARIPEX 2017
The Canal Zone Study Group (CZSG)
Arizona & New Mexico Postal History Society
Plate Number Coil Collectors Club
American Ceremonial Program Society
The Arizona Federation of Stamp Clubs is proud to welcome you to ARIPEX 2017. From this site you will find everything you need to prepare for the show. If there is anything we can do to assist you, please feel free to contact us via the contact tab at the top right or contact one of the show committee members listed under the Show committee tab.
The Federation is proud to be holding the 59th consecutive show in Mesa, Arizona on February 17 – 19, 2017 at the Mesa Centennial Hall, located at 263 N. Center St., Mesa, AZ 85201.
The average daily high in February is 78 degrees, with 0.4 inches of rain and 25 days of sunshine so why stay in the snow or the blowing cold winds. Come to the Valley Of The Sun and work on your new suntan for 2017. You can attend Spring Training, bid on a classic automobile, and shop till you drop.
Thanks for visiting and we look forward to seeing you February 17 – 19, 2017!
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR FUTURE ARIPEX SHOW DATES:
FEBRUARY 16-18, 2018
FEBRUARY 15-17, 2019
IF YOU ARE A PHILATELIC SOCIETY, WE WELCOME TO OPPORTUNITY TO HOST YOUR GROUP AT ONE OF OUR FUTURE SHOWS LISTED ABOVE.
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