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Tourism Statistics

The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Statistics Department collects, analyzes, publishes, standardizes and improves tourism statistics, and promotes the integration of these statistics within the sphere of the United Nations system.

Objective of the Department of Statistics and Tourism Satellite Account

To foster the comparability of tourism statistics and the macroeconomic analysis of tourism activities by means of internationally agreed standards, and to design the required guidance, initiatives and tools (e.g. TSA) for their implementation.

Programme of work 2008/2009

Firstly, UNWTO will support and uphold the relevance of tourism statistics international standards and help ensure adequate integration of tourism statistical data within the United Nations system and related organizations. This includes:

  • Revision of the Recommendations on Tourism Statistics (IRTS 2008 approved);
  • Update of The Tourism Satellite Account: Recommended Methodological Framework (TSA:RMF 2008 adopted);
  • Update of Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services;
  • Guidelines for statistics on a) employment and decent work in tourism industries and b) balance of payments regarding the travel and passenger transportation items;
  • 5th International Conference on Tourism Statistics - Tourism: an engine for Employment Creation (Indonesia, 30 March - 2 April 2009).

Secondly, the relevance of the measurement of tourism activities based on a sufficient number of robust statistical data associated with the activities of visitors as well as with the industries that produce goods and services required by them will be highlighted through:

  • Capacity-building Programme on Tourism Statistics in Central America, Europe and Africa;
  • Regional seminars on tourism statistics and TSA;
  • Compendium and Yearbook on Tourism Statistics;
  • Design new compilation guidance on basic tourism statistics.

Finally, the legitimacy and credibility of national Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) will be fostered, protecting the TSA brand and promoting the TSA for the formulation of policies and strategies as well as tourism macroeconomic analysis. In particular:

  • New publication for TSA data and metadata;
  • Produce TSA Manual (Compilation Guidance, Users' Guide and Handbook for Educators);
  • Fuelling future TSA developments (sub-national levels, linking tourism and sustainability);
  • Creation of a network of researchers in regional economics and tourism;
  • Measuring the tourism component of the Meetings Industry as a TSA extension.