Publication: 2008 (pdf)
Publication: 2001 (OECD bookshop)
Language: English, French
OECD Code: 782001011E1
Information on the role tourism plays in national economies throughout the world is particularly deficient, and credible data concerning the scale and significance of tourism is needed.
The TSA is a new statistical tool, including concepts, definitions, aggregates, classifications and tables, that is compatible with international national accounting guidelines and will allow for valid comparisons. It is also a building process to guide countries in the development of their own system of tourism statistics.
Statistical information on the nature, progress and consequences of tourism is typically based on arrivals and overnight stay statistics as well as balance of payments information, which do not grasp the whole economic phenomenon of tourism. Consequently, governments, businesses and citizens may not receive the accurate information necessary for effective public policies and efficient business operations.
This system has been developed to measure tourism economic impacts in a national economy on an annual basis.
The recommendations contained in the present publication are based on a common conceptual framework for the design of the tourism satellite account that was established by an intersecretariat working group.
The working group was covered by the United Nations Statistics Division, with the participation of the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). These three bodies promote the implementation of the recommendations in their member countries. The recommendations were approved by the Statistical Commission in 2000.
Co-edition with: UNSD, Eurostat-Tourism Unit, World Tourism Organisation