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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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Spain

Tourism is one of the mainstays of the Spanish economy. It accounts for around 11% of GDP and employment, and contributes substantially to offsetting the trade deficit. With 58.5 million foreign tourists in 2006 (4.5% more than in 2005) and the tourism receipts of close to EUR 40.7 million (5.6% more than in 2005), Spain has consolidated its position as the second-largest destination in the world in terms of tourist arrivals and receipts. Over 1.7 million people work in Spain’s tourism sector, the majority (67%) in the hotel sector.

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