“Official statistics provide an indispensable element in the information system of a democratic society, serving the government, the economy and the public with data about the economic, demographic, social and environmental situation.”

Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics

The UNWTO Statistics and Tourism Satellite Account Programme is committed to developing tourism measurement for furthering knowledge of the sector, monitoring progress, evaluating impact, promoting results-focused management, and highlighting strategic issues for policy objectives. 

The programme works towards advancing the methodological frameworks for measuring tourism and expanding its analytical potential, designs practical guidance for their implementation in countries, supports statistical strengthening in countries through capacity building, and compiles and disseminates tourism statistics of countries all over the world. For more information, see About us.

Upcoming events

27 February 2018 - 28 February 2018 Eighteenth meeting - Committee on Statistics and the Tourism Satellite Account - Madrid - Spain
19 March 2018 - 21 March 2018 Regional Statistics Capacity Building Programme - Second Workshop - Algiers - Algeria

Recent events

Latest news

Press Release
20 Feb 18
Botswana launches updated Tourism Satellite Account with the support of UNWTO
The project funded by Peace Parks Foundation, the implementing agency of the Kavango Zambezi Trans-Frontier Conservation Area Programme (KAZA), funded by the German Development Bank, had four...
Press Release
27 Sep 17
World Tourism Day 2017 addresses the power of sustainable tourism for development
To advocate the potential of sustainable tourism as a tool for development. This is one of the goals of the World Tourism Day celebrations that are being conducted throughout the world. The Official...
Press Release
26 Sep 17
UNWTO launches a travellers’ competition to promote sustainability
“Every action counts and travellers have a strong role to play in building a more sustainable tourism sector. Imagine the impact of one small action multiplied by millions”, said Taleb Rifai,...