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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Tourism accounts for 3.1% of GNP and 6.8% of total employment (Table 3.80). Compared to the previous year, tourism employment in 2006 showed a growth of 7% on the previous year. Total tourism consumption in Norway was NOK 87 billion in 2005, an increase from the previous year of 5%. Domestic tourists consume NOK 43 billion, foreign tourists NOK 27 billion and the business/convention market NOK 17 billion. In 2006, Norwegians took 17.3 million vacation trips, an increase of 4% on 2005. Domestic travel stayed at the same level as the year before, and thus it was holidays abroad that produced the growth (of 12%). In 2006, 69% of Norwegians’ holiday trips were domestic. In the period 2002-06, the number of holidays spent abroad rose by 27%, while domestic holidays fell by 7%.

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