Tourism Statistics


The ability to measure the economic impacts of tourism provides policy makers with the evidence necessary to ensure that future policies are targeted to meet strategic objectives.

  • What's the issue?

Measuring the economic contribution and impact of tourism requires consistent approaches to the collection and analysis of data. The application of evaluation frameworks help policy makers to increase overall competitiveness, sustainability, and performance of tourism policies and programmes.

  • What can the OECD offer?

The OECD works with governments and other relevant international organisations to further improve the quality and accessibility of tourism data, and more effectively demonstrate the added value of tourism to decision makers, in a timely and robust manner. 

The OECD tourism statistics database supports evidence-based analysis and policy performance through the provision of robust, comparable and timely data on tourism services across OECD member and partner countries. 

Data is compiled using the International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics 2008 and the Tourism Satellite Account: Recommended Methodological Framework 2008.



Tourism Statistics Database

The database provides robust, comparable data on tourism services.

Learn more

Measuring Competitiveness in Tourism

This framework is to be considered by countries as a toolkit and a guide.

Access the guide


The 2021 Global Forum on Tourism Statistics, Knowledge, and Policies will take place in Seoul Korea in November 2021 

See all events



For further information, please contact Sergio Montoya (


Related Documents