The International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics 2008 (IRTS 2008) provides a comprehensive methodological framework for collecting and compilation of tourism statistics in all countries irrespective of the level of development of their statistical systems. Its primary audience is the national statistical offices and national tourism administrations involved in the compilation of tourism statistics.

The recommendations were drafted by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in close cooperation with the United Nations Statistics Division, the International Labour Organization (ILO), and other members of the Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Tourism Statistics. A draft version of the recommendations was reviewed and endorsed by the United Nations Expert Group on Tourism Statistics in June 2007 and was adopted by the Statistical Commission at its thirty-ninth session (E/CN.3/2008/34).