International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics 2008
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International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics 2008

Compilation Guide

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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The present chapter is structured as follows: A brief overview of the importance of measuring the flows of tourism trips and visitors is succeeded by a review of the general measurement issues underlying tourism flows (sect. B). The remaining sections provide and extensive discussion on how to collect data on inbound, domestic and outbound tourism. Section C discusses inbound tourism, with a special focus on tourism as an internationally traded service, and both proposes a two-phased approach for measuring global flows and studies their characteristics in depth. Section D considers domestic tourism, centring on household surveys as the dominant information source, and examines some of the factors that affect statistical design and sampling. Section E, on outbound tourism, draws heavily on the content of the preceding two sections. Sections C to E each conclude with a proposed table of results.