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Tourism in OECD Countries 2008

Trends and Policies

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Tourism in OECD Countries 2008 is the first edition of a biennial publication which analyses best practice in OECD and selected non member economies. It surveys a number of initiatives taken by governments and businesses in the tourism field. The report opens with an overview of the key issues and challenges in tourism policy. The second chapter reviews two important aspects of tourism policy in more detail: the impact of global value chains on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in tourism; and the role of services trade liberalisation in tourism development. The third chapter presents detailed profiles on organisation, budgets, policies, programmes and statistics in tourism for 32 countries.

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Czech Republic

According to tourism satellite account (TSA) methodology, the contribution of the tourism industry to the Czech Republic’s GDP in 2005 was 3.1% (Table 3.20), with hotels and restaurants accounting for about 1.8% of GDP. Employment in the tourism sector (hotels and restaurants) reached 3.8% of total employment in the same year. Foreign currency revenues amounted to EUR 3 760 million in 2005 and their contribution to GDP was 3.8% and to exports 5.9%. Because of the rapid rate of growth in the national economy, however, and the stagnation of the tourism sector, tourism’s share of foreign currency revenues is declining. The level of nominal wages in this sector is well below the average of the Czech Republic. The total number of enterprises registered in this sector was 50 233 in 2005.

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