The OECD Tourism Committee recognises the major role of statistics and economic information in the development of more effective tourism policies at national, regional and local levels. In the same manner, tourism statistics represent a useful tool to support decision-making in business and in the private sector.
Two key areas of priority have been identified: i) the development of new methodologies, and ii) the promotion of a better use of statistics for business and policy. Incidentally, a majority of the work of the Tourism Committee involves a statistic component.
In this field, the Tourism Committee closely cooperates with other international organisations. Together with Eurostat (Statistical Office of the European Communities), the OECD organises a biennial Forum on Tourism Statistics and participates in the Eurostat Tourism Working Group. Furthermore, the OECD is an active member of the UNWTO Committee on Statistics and TSA. In 2009, the OECD established a partnership with the UNWTO for the organisation of the 5th International Conference on Tourism Statistics.
International Forum on Tourism Statistics
Through the biennial International Forum on Tourism Statistics, the OECD and Eurostat provide key players in the private and public sector with a unique platform for the regular exchange of views and experiences on developments in tourism statistics.
The forum discusses major technical issues concerning the establishment of harmonised tourism statistics in an environment that strengthens co-operation between governments, the private sector, researchers, academics, OECD/EU member and non-member countries, and international organisations.
Tourism Satellite Account
The Tourism Satellite Account: Recommended Methodological Framework (TSA) is the internationally recognised pricipal standard to measure tourism in the economy. The OECD Tourism Committee played a lead role in the development of the TSA in co-operation with other international organisations and remains a major player in it's development. Latest documents on the TSA are available at the United Nations Statistics Division (Tourism Statistics).
The OECD Tourism Committee promotes better use of TSA data for business and policy analysis for the benefit of decision-makers in tourism, in both public and private sectors. Its aim is to contribute to a wider dissemination of TSA-based economic and social analysis, as well as to the expansion of a “common perspective” on TSA usage.
The Tourism Committee study “Increasing the Use of TSA Data for Business and Policy” analyses the different uses of the TSA in OECD countries. The report includes key lessons to be shared and identifies the main difficulties in using the TSA. It also discussed specific policy recommendations in this area.
The biennial flagship publication OECD Tourism Trends and Policies includes key tourism statistics in OECD countries and selected non-member economies, providing a broad overview and interpretation of medium to long term tourism trends. This work aims to promote the better use of economic data for business and policy analysis.
The 2010 edition includes statistics for selected non-OECD countries: Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Romania, Russia, Slovenia and South Africa. A specific chapter discusses the subject of the financial and economic crisis and tourism.