“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.

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11 Nov 16
Press Release
UNWTO hosts 1st meeting of the Working Group of Experts on Measuring Sustainable Tourism
The first meeting of the Working Group of Experts on Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MST) agreed that developing a statistical framework for sustainable tourism is a priority to support integrated...
22 Feb 16
News
Methodological Notes to the Tourism Statistics Database - 2016 edition
The Methodological Notes to the Tourism Statistics Database (2016 edition) includes conceptual references and technical notes for a better understanding and application of UNWTO...
22 Feb 16
News
Compendium of Tourism Statistics, 2016 Edition
Statistical information on tourism’s multiple facets is pivotal in advancing knowledge of the sector, monitoring progress, promoting results-focused management, and highlighting strategic issues for...