“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.

Latest news

04 Dec 14
Press Release
ILO, UNWTO to promote reliable and comparable statistics on tourism employment
GENEVA/MADRID - The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Tourism Organization of the United Nations (UNWTO) have co-launched a new report which provides statistical instruments and...
26 Nov 14
News
UNWTO Special Workshop on Tourism Statistics
UNWTO Special Workshop on Tourism StatisticsAt the UNWTO Special Workshop on Tourism Statistics, held at the Tōdai-ji Cultural Center, Nara, Japan, 192 participants from 47 countries exchanged...
30 Oct 14
Press Release
International tourism shows continued strength
International tourists (overnight visitors) travelling the world between January and August 2014 reached 781 million, 36 million more than in the same period of 2013. With a 5% increase,...