Workshop on tourism statistics
17-07-2006 – 20-07-2006 Madrid
The joint UNSD/UNWTO workshop on tourism statistics is seen as a major event in the context of a worldwide consultation on revision of Recommendations on Tourism Statistics approved by the 27th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission in 1993 and issued jointly by the UN and the UNWTO in 1994. The revised Recommendations will be submitted to the 39th session of the Commission (March 2008) for approval. Representatives from national tourism organizations, national statistical offices and international/regional organizations will be invited and asked to provide their assessment of the relevance of the 1993 Recommendations, indicate areas where revision is needed and to make concrete proposals regarding revision of specific recommendations.
The main tasks of the workshop include: (i) to review current country practices in compilation of the basic variables of tourism statistics and their relevance to current user needs; (ii) to review the existing 1993 Recommendations in the context the amendments incorporated in Tourism Satellite Account: Recommended Methodological Framework to ensure that the improved basic tourism statistics better serve the needs of economic policy makers in governments, of industry managers, of the business community and, at the same time, provide a solid foundation for the national accounts in general and for the compilation of the Tourism Satellite Account; (iii) to create a network of tourism statisticians working in different institutional environments in order to foster the exchange of country experiences and the formulation of good practices in the compilation of such statistics; and (iv) to advise on institutional arrangements between different national agencies active in tourism statistics.