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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According to the Tourism Satellite Account for 2005, tourism accounted for the 7.7% of GNP, sustaining about two million jobs. In that same year, the share of domestic tourism consumption was 81.3% of final consumption, with a Gross Value Added of USD 52 878 million. International Tourism Receipts in 2006 were USD 12 177 million or 53% of the value of services exports. Tourist arrivals (excluding day excursionists) totalled 21.4 million in 2006, some 8.6% more than in 2002, but 2.6% down on 2005. The dominant market for Mexico is the USA, which accounted for 41% of all overnight visitors in 2006.

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