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Regional Workshop on Travel and International Tourism Consumption

14 – 17 May 2013, Roseau, Dominica

UNSD is organizing, in close collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat, a training workshop on compilation issues of Travel and Tourism Statistics for the Caribbean countries from 14 to 17 May 2013 in Roseau, Dominica, which will be hosted by the Central Statistical Office of Dominica.

The agenda of the workshop will cover topics such as: the trade in services and tourism statistics and its their role in the statistical system, travel and tourism compilation including measuring employment, related classification and data quality and metadata and also tourism satellite accounts.


    The main sessions of the Seminar

    • Opening session
    • Travel and Tourism statistics – Policy needs
    • Travel and Tourism Data Compilation
    • Tourism Satellite Accounts: the demand perspective
    • Tourism Satellite Accounts: reconciling supply and demand and integration with the National Accounts

Documents for the meeting

    • Agenda (PDF)
    • Practical information (PDF)
    • List of participants (PDF)
    • Report and Recommendations of the workshop (PDF)
    • Background documents
      • Meeting documents
      • Background reading
    • Press release


Tuesday, 14 May
08:00 - 09:00
Registration for participants:
09:00 - 12:30
Opening session  
Opening of the meeting
Opening statement (PDF)
Policy questions on Travel and Tourism in the Caribbean [Caribbean Tourism Organization] (PDF)
Overview of MSITS 2010 and IRTS 2008 [WTO/UNWTO] [PDF][PDF]

a. Conclusions and follow-up on the CARICOM Regional workshop on
statistics of international trade in services with special focus on the
creative industries organized by WTO in 2012 [WTO] (PDF)

b. Proposal to amend EBOPS 2010 to enhance the measure of cultural
services in the Caribbean [WTO](PDF)
14:00 - 17:00
Travel and Tourism statistics - Policy needs
Overview of the Compilers Guide for MSITS 2010 [UNSD](PDF)
Overview of the Compilation Guide for IRTS 2008 [UNWTO] (PDF)

Trade in services, travel and tourism statistics: data availability and developments [UN/CARICOM] (PDF)

Tourism as an internationally traded service – basic concepts and the relationship between travel and international tourism [UNWTO] (PDF)

Group discussion – implementation of IRTS 2008, current data collection practices, problems

Wednesday 15 May
9:00 - 12:30
Travel and Tourism Data Compilation (1)
Data Compilation: Travel and International Tourism statistics, including surveys of persons and households
a. Travel versus International Tourism – background [UNWTO] (PDF)
b. Estimating travel using an ITRS [Central Bank of Suriname] (PDF)  
c. Estimating resident/non-resident flows [Trinidad & Tobago and St. Kitts & Nevis] (PDF1) (PDF2)
d. Inbound tourism – domestic tourism – outbound tourism [Dominica Central Statistical Office] (PDF)
    e. Institutional arrangements between national agencies [ECCB](PDF)
f. Travel and tourism consumption data compilation details [UNWTO] (PDF) 
g. Main data sources for estimating international tourism expenditure [Guyana Bureau of Statistics]  (PDF)
h. Difficulties and Challenges Confronted When Producing
Tourism Statistics [St. Vincent and the Grenadines](PDF)

Group discussion – Reconciliation of travel and international tourism consumption; collaboration among institutions

14:00 - 16:00
Travel and Tourism Data Compilation (2)
Classifications used in tourism statistics [UNWTO]
a. classification of goods and services: tourism characteristic products and other products [UNWTO] (PDF)
    b. classification of tourism characteristic industries [Montserrat Ministry of Economic Development and Trade] (PDF)
Group discussion – issues with generating relevant classifications and employment
Measuring supply of tourism industries [UNWTO]
    a. measuring the provision of accommodation services
    b. Sources that can be used to measure supply of tourism industries
[St. Lucia Tourism Ministry] (PDF)
    c. Defining accommodation services providers
[Trinidad and Tobago] (PDF)
Measuring employment in tourism statistics [UNWTO] (PDF)
    a. Employment in the tourism industries – tourism employment [Bahamas Department of Statistics] (PDF)

b. Classification of occupations [Belize Statistical Institute] (PDF)

Thursday 16 May
9:00 - 11:00
Travel and Tourism Data Compilation (3)
Tourism data quality, metadata, data dissemination [UNSD](PDF)
a. Data quality [Montserrat Ministry of Economic Development and Trade]

b. Metadata [UNSD] [Belize Statistical Institute] (PDF)

c. Dissemination [UNSD] (PDF)
Concepts and definitions [Statistics Canada] (PDF)
Tourism expenditure and tourism consumption [Statistics Canada] (PDF)
11:00 - 12:30
Tourism Satellite Accounts: the Demand Perspective

Tourism gross fixed capital formation and Tourism collective
consumption [Statistics Canada] (PDF)

Country Experience with TSA production: [Bermuda] (PDF)
Group discussion on the recommendations from the workshop
13:00 - 17:00
Field Trip  
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Friday 17 May
9:00 - 11:30

Tourism Satellite Accounts: reconciling supply and demand and integration with the National Accounts

Concepts and definitions [Statistics Canada] (PDF)
The reconciliation process:[UNWTO] (PDF)
a. Main aggregates [Bahamas Department of Statistics] (PDF)
Group discussion –Compiling the demand side of the TSA - Setting up
the TSA – issues and solutions
11:30 - 12:30

FDI and FATS in the tourism industries

FDI and FATS in the tourism industries [WTO]
14:00 - 17:00

Round table discussion: Tourism as an internationally traded service and tourism


The way forward to develop / use tourism statistical sources to respond to tourism and trade information needs, in particular to compile the travel and tourism related items and breakdowns of EBOPS 2010 and the recommended methodological framework of tourism satellite accounts.

  • Group 1 discussion point (PDF)
  • Group 2 discussion point (PDF)
  • Group 3 discussion point (PDF)
  • Group 4 discussion point (PDF)