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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 employment in the tourism industries

The present chapter is structured as follows: A brief introduction is succeeded by a presentation of the main concepts and definitions related to jobs, employees and the labour force, and a discussion on how to properly distinguish between “employment in the tourism industries” and “tourism employment” (sect. B). Section C discusses the measurement of employment as demand and supply of labour; section D offers a detailed description the characteristics of employment; encompassing the main international classifications and the key variables; and section E explores the major sources of data for measuring employment. The final section examines methods for collecting data on specific issues relating to employment, such as informal employment, occupations, status in employment and remuneration.

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