World Statistics Day


On 20 October 2010, the World celebrated the first World Statistics Day (WSD), to raise awareness of the many achievements of official statistics premised on the core values of service, professionalism and integrity. UNWTO has the pleasure of joining United Nations sister agencies, international and regional organizations, and national statistical offices in celebrating this important event.

UNWTO has put in place a powerful conceptual framework for gathering basic statistics and indicators relevant to not only the tourism sector but also to the broader economic context in which tourism is embedded. The hallmark achievements in this sense are the International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics 2008 and the Tourism Satellite Account: Recommended Methodological Framework 2008, both approved by the United Nations Statistical Commission. Thanks to these Recommendations we have, for the first time, an international norm for measuring tourism that economists and others can work with, enabling us to address tourism within general macroeconomic analysis and policies.

It is the international community’s combined effort in producing the Recommendations and especially countries’ gradual achievements in implementing them (53 countries and counting) that deserve a special recognition on this day by all of us who care about tourism.

In moving ahead with this progress, and on occasion of WSD, UNWTO is proud to present:

The following document complements the above with a description of the System of Tourism Statistics, its foundations in the above mentioned International Recommendations and links to the National Statistical System, as well as UNWTO initiatives for further developing the Tourism Information System

Visit the official webpage of WSD: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/wsd

See the video ‘Honouring Statisticians Globally’: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/wsd/Resources.aspx (under ‘videos’)