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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In 2006, the tourism industry accounted for 4.8% of Romanian GDP, taking into account the direct and indirect impact of the sector on the economy. In the same year, 5.8% of the workforce at national level was employed in tourism (Table 3.119). Visitor arrivals, including day excursionists, rose by 26% in the period 2002-06, while the number of stay-over tourists rose in the same period by 38%. European markets dominate tourism to Romania, providing 82% of all visitors in 2005, followed by the Americas with 8.5% and Asia with 8.4%. The main overseas origins for Romania are Germany, Italy and France, although no one country accounts for more than 14% of tourist arrivals.

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