The adoption of the Statistical Framework for Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism marks a paradigm shift, going past GDP by enabling the measurement of what issues most to individuals and planet

A groundbreaking statistical framework, developed below the management of UN Tourism, has been adopted by all 193 UN member states. The Statistical Framework for Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism(MST) thus turns into the internationally agreed reference framework for measuring the financial, social and environmental facets of tourism.

The adoption by the UN Statistical Fee at its fifty fifth session (27 February – 1 March 2024 maintain) marks a historic milestone in the direction of harnessing the total potential of the sector, offering an answer to the urgent want for a harmonized methodology to successfully assess the sustainability of tourism.

“Tourism is a strong power for optimistic change when managed responsibly and sustainably,” says Zurab Pololikashvili, UN Tourism Secretary Normal. “The adoption of the Statistical Framework for Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism marks a paradigm shift, going past GDP by enabling the measurement of what issues most to individuals and planet.”

Collaborative effort

This achievement is the fruit of a seven-year UN course of led by Austria and Spain as co-chairs of the UN Tourism Committee on Statistics, with Saudi Arabia and Seychelles as co-vice chairs.  Beneath auspices of the Committee, the Framework was developed due to the extraordinary work of the multistakeholder Skilled Group on Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism composed of 40+ nations and 30+ worldwide and regional organizations together with the UN Statistics Division, the Worldwide Labour Group (ILO), subnational authorities and observatories, academia and others.

The work concerned technical steering from an Editorial Board chaired first by the Philippines after which by Canada, in addition to in depth engagement and session with enter from quite a few pilots in nations.

The Statistical Fee expressed an overwhelmingly enthusiastic help with 34 nations, 3 world areas and worldwide organizations taking lively half within the deliberations: Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Benin on behalf of the African Group, Cabo Verde, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Finland on behalf of the European Statistical System, Greece, Jamaica, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia on behalf of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Slovenia, Spain, Tajikistan, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Actions and ILO.

Trying forward, the Fee additionally welcomed the long run improvement of an implementation programme, together with a compilation information, and referred to as on the worldwide donor group to help the financing for measuring the sustainability of tourism.

Established in 1947, the UN Statistical Fee gathers Chief Statisticians from Member States and worldwide organizations, and is the very best decision-making physique for worldwide statistical actions. The final time that the Fee adopted a statistical commonplace for tourism was in 2008, when the Worldwide Suggestions for Tourism Statistics and the Tourism Satellite tv for pc Account framework had been introduced.

Closing the hole between coverage and statistics

Within the margins of the United Nations Statistical Fee, Austria, Spain and UN Tourism co-organized the high-level facet occasion “Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism: Closing the hole between coverage and statistics”, in collaboration with the UN Committee for Financial-Environmental Accounting. Austria and Spain shared their imaginative and prescient on the significance of the Statistical Framework for Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism for evidence-based coverage and selections, whereas acknowledging its significance in upholding the relevance of statistical techniques worldwide and the hyperlinks to key subjects like knowledge governance and stewardship.

Mexico, the Philippines and Canada mirrored on their pioneering experiences with implementing the framework, showcasing the ability of integrating knowledge from totally different domains and sources to distil extra holistic and significant info on tourism.

The occasion raised consciousness of the Statistical Framework for MST and functioned as an informative preamble to the UN Statistical Fee’s formal deliberations.

Theodore Koumelis

Theodore is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of TravelDailyNews Media Community; his duties embody enterprise improvement and planning for TravelDailyNews long-term alternatives.


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