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International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics 2008

Compilation Guide

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International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics 2008 Compilation Guide is a companion document to the International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics (IRTS 2008). The primary purpose of this Compilation Guide is to provide further clarifications and practical guidance for using sources and methods to compile statistics on tourism. It is designed to support the production of a high quality set of basic data and indicators in each country, and to strengthen the international comparability of tourism statistics. The Compilation Guide was prepared by national compilers of tourism statistics, experts from international and regional organisations, and by staff of UNWTO.

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Role of the International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics 2008

The present Chapter is structured as follows: Section A (introduction) defines the System of Tourism Statistics (STS) and briefly discusses the role of tourism administrations in developing tourism statistics that are consistent with international standards. Section B presents the conceptual framework of an STS, including its links to the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA), and examines the importance of measuring tourism. Section C describes the key statistical units into more detail and concludes a description of the basic information framework required to achieve the international comparability of tourism statistics. Section D demonstrates the crucial importance of institutional arrangements in developing an STS, (a subject that is further developed in chap. VIII Sect. D).

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