The forum was hosted by the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development, Glasgow Caledonian University and is supported by Eurostat, the OECD, the UK Government Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Scottish Tourist Board (STB) and the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Visitor and Convention Bureau.
The forum discussed major technical factors in the establishment of harmonised tourism statistics in an environment that strengthens co-operation between governments, the private sector, researchers, academics and international organisations. The themes for the year 2000 were also clearly directed at users' needs. Identified contributors and users of tourism data include financial institutions, governments, national and international tourism and development agencies and representatives of the international tourism industry.
The forum's objectives were:
- Broad-based participation of experts and researchers from EU/OECD Member countries, some non-member countries, all sectors of the tourism industries and universities.
- Presentation and discussion of selected case studies dealing with the implementation of statistical methodologies, definitions and classifications and the development of new statistical tools.
- Sharing of ideas and experience as a basis for developing harmonised tourism statistics and concrete proposals to im91e the definition and the measurement of tourism in the economy.
- Identification of alternatives sources of information and promotion of new information technologies as a way to diminish the burden on tourism enterprises and im91e the dissemination of statistics to all partners.
- Development of integrated tourism statistics and socio-economic indicators for presenting a global picture of tourism industries, especially to governments, and for establishing linkages with the rest of the economy.
The main themes of the forum were presented in the preliminary programme which covered:
- Sustainable tourism
- Regional and local tourism information needs
- The introduction of the euro
- Statistical information needs for the small firm
- Tourism profiles and behaviour
- Research and methodology
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