“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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17 Mar 17
Methodological Notes to the Tourism Statistics Database - 2017 edition
The Methodological Notes to the Tourism Statistics Database (2017 edition) includes conceptual references and technical notes for a better understanding and application of UNWTO...
24 Feb 17
Press Release
Algeria kicks off 1st UNWTO Regional Capacity Building Programme on Tourism Statistics
On the occasion, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, praised the efforts done by the Ministry of Tourism of Algeria to place the sector at the core of the economic development policies and recalled...
19 Jan 17
Press Release
International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 kicks off
Co-presented by Max Forster, CNN, and Raquel Martínez, RTVE, the event underlined the immense socio-economic opportunities brought by the sector to all societies as well as its power to advocate for...