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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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Measuring tourism expenditure

The present chapter is structured as follows: Section A introduces the concept of expenditure and its importance in the overall measurement and understanding of the tourism sector. Section B reviews the basic concepts and categories of tourism expenditure and their relationship with different forms of expenditure, and describes the different means of and sources for measuring inbound, domestic and outbound tourism expenditure. It also examines the means of presenting the resulting statistics and provides sample tables of results. The last section deals with measurement issues related to specific transactions that may arise.

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