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Nineteenth meeting - Committee on Statistics

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26 Febrero 2019 - 27 Febrero 2019
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The next meeting of the Committee on Statistics will take place in UNWTO Headquarters, Madrid (Spain) on 26-27 February 2019.

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Second Meeting of the Working Group of Experts on Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism

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24 Octubre 2018 - 25 Octubre 2018
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The second meeting of the Working Group of Experts on Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism was held on 24-25 October 2018, in UNWTO Headquarters, Madrid, Spain.

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Session 1. Sustainable Tourism: a cornerstone of UNWTO's agenda
Session 2. Advancing the Statistical Framework for Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism
  • Mr. Cesare Costantino (UNWTO consultant): The demand perspective in measuring the sustainability of tourism with specific focus on environmental aspects (doc) (ppt)
  • Contributions from the Sub-group to the Working Group of Experts on Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism: “The Social Dimension of Sustainable Tourism”
Session 3. From theory to practice: initial steps towards implementation by countries
  • Mr. Carl Obst (UNWTO consultant): Summary of MST Country Pilots (doc) (ppt)
Session 4. MST’s connections to sustainable development
  • Mr. Peter Laimer (Austria): Tourism indicators for monitoring the sustainability of tourism (doc) (ppt)
  • Mr. Carl Obst (UNWTO consultant): Towards an international dataset for MST (doc) (ppt)
Session 5. Communicating MST: what to tell to whom and when?
Session 6. The way forward and closing

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Eighteenth meeting - Committee on Statistics and the Tourism Satellite Account

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27 Febrero 2018 - 28 Febrero 2018
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The Eighteenth meeting of the Committee on Statistics and the Tourism Satellite Account was held on 27-28 February 2018, in UNWTO Headquarters, Madrid (Spain).

 

  • The Increasing Relevance of Tourism Statistics in the Era of SDGs
    • Manila Call for Action on Measuring Sustainable Tourism (doc) (ppt) (video) and UNWTO General Assembly Resolutions (doc) – Mr. Rolando Cañizal, Undersecretary, Department of Tourism, the Philippines (agenda item 3.1)
    • How the Committee reinforces UNWTO’s statistical mandate and responsibility as a UN Agency – Mr. Peter Laimer, Vice Director of the Directorate Spatial Statistics, Statistics Austria and Ms. Clara van der Pol, Coordinator, Statistics, Trends and Policy Programme (doc) (ppt(agenda item 3.2)
      • UNWTO Report to the United Nations Statistical Commission (doc): TSA and MST as UNWTO’s response to monitor tourism in the SDGs (agenda item 3.2.1)
      • Decisions (doc) taken note of by the Economic and Social Council (doc(agenda item 3.2.2)
      • Lunchtime Seminar Accounting and Statistics for Sustainable Tourism (link) (agenda item 3.2.3)
      • Monitoring of the SDGs in the Philippines (ppt) – Ms. Vivian Ilarina, Philippine Statistics Authority (former co-Chair of the IAEG-SDG) (agenda item 3.2.4)
  • Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MST): A statistical framework to support the assessment and policy of sustainable tourism
    • Measuring Sustainable Tourism Initiative (ppt) – Ms. Sandra Carvao, Head of Communications, UNWTO (agenda item 4.1)
    • Measuring Sustainable Tourism – Why the interest in Canada? (ppt) – Mr.  Michel Dubreuil, Destination Canada (agenda item 4.2)
    • MST Pilot Studies:
      • Italy’s MST Pilot Study (ppt) – Ms. Angelica Tudini, ISTAT, Italy (agenda item 4.3.1)
      • Cultural Tourism in Archaeological Zones (ppt) – Mr. Raúl Figueroa, Director of Satellite Accounts, INEGI, Mexico
      • Experimental Measurement of Sustainable Tourism Indicators Using the Input-Output Tables: the Philippine Experience (ppt) – Ms. Vivian Ilarina, Assistant National Statistician, Philippine Statistics Authority (agenda item 4.3.3)
      • Developing Environmental Measures for Tourism in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (ppt) – Mr. Abdulhakim Al-Babtain, Director General for Tourism Information and Research Centre, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (agenda item 4.3.4)
    • Updated draft of the Statistical Framework for Measuring Sustainable Tourism (SF-MST) (doc) (ppt) - Mr. Carl Obst, Consultant, UNWTO  (agenda item 4.4)
      • Some applications and a quick evaluation of the Statistical Framework (ppt) – Mr. Raúl Figueroa, Director of Satellite Accounts, INEGI, Mexico (agenda item 4.4.1)
    • Measuring Sustainable Tourism: Let’s get started with a Toolkit (ppt) – Ms. Demi Kotsovos, Chief Satellite Accounts and Special Studies, Statistics Canada (agenda item 4.5)
    • Process ahead (ppt– Mr. John Kester, Director, and Ms. Clara van der Pol, Coordinator, Statistics, Trends and Policy Programme, UNWTO (agenda item 4.6)
  • Tourism’s role in the economy: reflecting on a decade of TSA
    • Compilation Guide for Tourism Satellite Accounts 2008 (outline doc) (ppt) – Mr. Karoly Kovacs, Chief Trade in Services, United Nations Statistics Division (agenda item 5.1)
    • Capacity Building in Tourism Statistics and TSA (ppt) – Mr. John Kester, Director, Statistics, Trends and Policy Programme, UNWTO and Technical Assistance in Statistics and the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) (ppt) – Ms. Vanessa Satur, Programme Manager, Technical Cooperation, UNWTO (agenda item 5.2)
      • TSA in Egypt (ppt) – Ms. Adla Ragab, Vice Minister, Egypt (agenda item 5.2.1)
      • Wales Regional TSA 2013 (ppt) – Ms. Chen Xu, Cardiff Business School, UK  (agenda item 5.2.2)
    • Proposals for estimating Tourism Direct GDP with limited data (doc) (ppt– Mr. Carl Obst, Consultant, UNWTO (agenda item 5.4)
  • Developing platforms for tourism statistics
    • Mexican System of Statistical and Geographical Information on Tourism (ppt) –  Mr. Ariel Juarez, Director General of Information and Analysis, Secretary of Tourism, Mexico (agenda item 6.1)
    • Investing in the European Tourism of Tomorrow (ppt– Ms. Ana Moniche, Junta de Andalucía and NECSTouR (agenda item 6.2)
  • Cooperation between international organizations
    • Data exchange between international organisations (ppt) – Mr. August Götzfried – Head of Unit, Business cycle, tourism and registers, Eurostat (agenda item 7.1)
  • Looking at the Potential of Big data for Tourism Statistics
    • Eurostat/UNWTO joint overview paper on big data (ppt) – Mr. August Götzfried, Head of Unit Business cycle, tourism and registers, Eurostat and Mr. John Kester, Director, Statistics, Trends and Policy, UNWTO (agenda item 8.1)
    • Mobile Phone Data Use for Tourism Statistics in Indonesia and Estonia (ppt) – Mr. Siim Esko, International Director, Positium (agenda item 8.2)

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Closing Ceremony

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Marriott Grand Ballroom Manila
Filipinas
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23 Junio 2017
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Conference highlights by the Rapporteur Mr. Tadayuki Hara, Associate Professor, University of Central Florida (ppt)

Adoption of the Manila Call for Action on Measuring Sustainable Tourism

  • Mr. Márcio Favilla, Executive Director for Operational Programmes and Institutional Relations, UNWTO
  • Mr. Benito C. Bengzon, Jr, Undersecretary for Tourism Development Planning, the Philippines
  • Mrs. Lisa Grace S. Bersales, National Statistician, Philippine Statistics Authority

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Special meeting - Committee on Statistics and the Tourism Satellite Account

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Chengdu
China
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12 Septiembre 2017
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The Special meeting of the Members of the Committee was held, on 12 September, in Chengdu, China in the context of the 22nd Session of the UNWTO General Assembly. 

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Ministerial Roundtable. Committing to Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MST)

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21 Junio 2017
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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017 constitute a unique opportunity to advance sustainable, inclusive and responsible tourism. The SDGs and national agendas worldwide require a shift towards more integrated policy across economic, social and environmental domains. This, in turn, must be underpinned by more integrated data. Developing a statistical framework to measure sustainable tourism is thus essential in fostering a common understanding for tracking progress and directing policy efforts. Ministers from around the globe will discuss the opportunities and challenges that sustainable tourism brings to their countries, and how the use of more integrated data is supporting them in paving the way towards a more sustainable future.

Moderator: Ms. Anita Mendiratta, Strategic Advisor to CNN International for T.A.S.K Group

Introductory remarks by Mr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General

Panel of Ministers

  • H.E. Mr. John Amaratunga, Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Affairs, Sri Lanka
  • H.E. Mrs. Wanda Tulfo-Teo, Secretary, Department of Tourism, Philippines
  • H.E. Ms. Kobkam Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports, Thailand
  • Mr. Pali J. Lehohla, Statistician-General, South Africa
  • Ms. Anne Lafortune, Principal Secretary for Tourism, Ministry of Tourism, Civil, Aviation, Ports and Marine, Seychelles
  • H.E. Mr. I Gde Pitana, Deputy Minister for International Marketing, Ministry of Tourism, Indonesia
  • Mr. Navitalai Tuivuniwai, Trade Commissioner, Fiji
  • Ms. Young-Shim Dho, Chairperson, Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty (STEP)
  • Mr. Mario Hardy, CEO, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
  • Mr. Hwang Seong Un, Director General for International Tourism Policy, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea
  • Mr. Dai Bin, President of China Tourism Academy and Director of the CNTA Tourism Data Center, China
  • Mr. Sérgio Guerreiro, Director, Knowledge Management & Corporate Affairs, Turismo de Portugal and Representing the European Travel Commission
  • Ms. Beatriz Marco Arce, Deputy Director for Tourism Intelligence, Spain Tourism Board (Turespaña), Spain
  • Mr. Alain Dupeyras, Head of Tourism, OECD

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Workshop on Measuring the economic impact of tourism in Europe: the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA)

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Breydel building – BREY AUDITORIUM Brussels
Bélgica
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29 Noviembre 2017 - 30 Noviembre 2017
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Jointly organized by UNWTO and the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) and in collaboration with Eurostat
 

Background

The economic importance of tourism in the European Union is increasingly recognized and better understood, thanks in part to the development of the Tourism Satellite Accounts (TSA) in European countries. The TSA brings together data on tourism and on the economy to present the contribution of tourism in e.g. Gross Value Added, Gross Domestic Product and employment. These can then be compared to economic aggregates for other sectors like agriculture, mining or financial services.

Developing TSA is beyond a technical exercise also very much a strategic endeavor and linked to considerations of the tourism policy. This helps explains why, despite the fact Europe boasts some of the most statistically advanced countries in the world, it remains a challenge in many European countries to develop their TSAs—certainly to the level of sophistication that data users might like and, equally important, to keep it running.
 

Objective

The Workshop aims to bring policy makers (data users) and tourism statisticians and TSA compilers (data producers) to uncover the main elements for successful TSA implementation. This will range from technical requirements to institutional arrangements and political leadership.

  • Introduction on the Tourism Satellite Account - Overview of the conceptual framework and the benefits of TSA.
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  • State of affair on TSA compilation in Europe - Based on voluntary transmitted TSA indicators of several EU countries the challenges and main results are presented.
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  • What can be expected from TSA, what not? - The aim is to present the strengths and limitations of TSA and having an interactive discussion with the trainers and participants.
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  • How to use TSA data for tourism policies? - Various countries examples on the value and advantages of TSA for policy makers, considering their expectations.
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  • TSA governance at national level - Various countries examples on institutional arrangements and cooperation between TSA-compilers and users including best practices related to data dissemination.
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  • The TSA as an anchor for expanding our understanding of tourism - SDGs indicators derived from the TSA and Linking the TSA and the System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA)
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  • Compliation Guide for TSA - The aim is to present the ongoing work in regard to the development of a TSA Compilation Guide supported by the UN Statistical Commission in March 2017.
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  • Measuring tourism demand - The aim is to provide an overview related to subject and scope on the TSA-Tables 1 to 4.
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  • Measuring tourism supply - The aim is to provide and overview related to subject and scope of the TSA-Tables 5 and 6.
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  • Employment in the tourism industries - The aim is to provide an overview related to subject and scope of the TSA-Table 7.
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  • Tourism investment, collective consumption and non-monetary indicators - The aim is to provide an overview related to subject and scope of the TSA-Tables 8, 9 and 10.
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  • Specific issues raised in the questionnairesThe aim is to provide best practices and country experiences in an interactive discussion on the treatment of package tours, components of tourism consumption, country specific tourism characteristic goods and services, international comparability, alternative data sources (e.g. credit/debit card).
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Accounting and Statistics for Sustainable Tourism - Lunchtime Seminar

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New York
Estados Unidos
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8 Marzo 2017
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World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) organize this side-event on the occasion of 2017 as International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, and to underline that sustainable tourism is an important element of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as it relates to sustainable economic growth and decent employment. 

Within the context of the Statistical Commission this side event is intended to highlight the measurement issues of sustainable tourism and to provide further explanation to the report of UNWTO on tourism statistics (E/CN.3/2017/17). That report describes the planned development of a statistical framework for measuring sustainable tourism to support more integrated measurement and policy in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and also proposes the development of a compilation guide for the Tourism Satellite Accounts (TSA), and a technical note on linking the System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA) and the TSA.

You can see more information about this side-event in the following webpage: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/48th-session/side-events/20170308-2L-accounting-and-statistics-for-sustainable-tourism/

More information on the activities and initiatives to advance sustainable tourism for development can be found at www.tourism4development2017.org.

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Regional Statistics Capacity Building Programme (2017 - 2019)

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ministry of National Planning, Tourism and Handicrafts of Algeria are organizing jointly the Regional Statistics Capacity Building Programme (RSCBP) in Algiers, at the kind invitation of the Government of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria.

6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics: Measuring Sustainable Tourism

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The 6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics, Manila, Philippines, 21-24 June 2017
21 Junio 2017 - 24 Junio 2017
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On the occasion of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, the Government of the Philippines and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) organized the 6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics held in Manila from 21 to 24 June 2017 with the objective of addressing the issue of the Measurement of Sustainable Tourism.


Sustainable tourism is increasingly relevant in national agendas for its role in fostering economic growth, social inclusiveness and the protection of cultural and natural assets. This is now also recognized at the highest international level with the UN General Assembly having adopted several resolutions acknowledging the role of tourism in sustainable development, including the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This calls for evidence to support policy and track progress.


A core component of the conference was the presentation of the first draft of a new statistical framework for tourism —one that integrates the various dimensions of sustainable tourism (economic, environmental and social) and across relevant spatial levels (global, national and subnational).


UNWTO recognizes that, apart from being a technical exercise, the development and implementation of a statistical framework for sustainable tourism is very much a strategic endeavor that will require stakeholder engagement, inter-institutional coordination and political leadership.


Participants had the chance to discuss methodological advances, explore emerging issues and learned from pioneering country experiences in this area of measurement.


The Manila Conference gathered for the first time Ministers, Statistical Chiefs, Policy experts and statisticians dedicated to sustainable development, environment and tourism.

 

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Taleb Rifai
UNWTO Secretary-General
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Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo
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