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International workshop on tourism statistics

Madrid , 17-20 July 2006

United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) organized a joint workshop on tourism statistics in Madrid, Spain 17 - 20 July 2006. This was a major event in the revision process of International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics which was approved by the United Nations Statistical Commission in 2008.

The main tasks of the workshop were: (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.

Documents for the meeting