The politics of tourism statistics

Pratt, Stephen, and Tolkach, Denis (2018) The politics of tourism statistics. International Journal of Tourism Research, 20 (3). pp. 299-307.

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Abstract

Tourism statistics are important for policymakers to make prudent decisions and for researchers to conduct rigorous research. However, statistics are inherently political. This article highlights three areas where tourism statistics appear misleading, serving industry and government interests. First, United Nations World Tourism Organization's interpretation of national sovereignty such that domestic tourism arrivals are counted as international tourism arrivals. Second, United Nations World Tourism Organization's use of terminology with respect to international tourists and international trips, using both terms interchangeably. Third, anomalies in tourism statistics reported by various governments and international organizations. More critical analysis needs to be undertaken when reporting data. Researchers should use official statistics with caution.

Item ID: 63281
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1522-1970
Keywords: politics, statistics, tourist arrivals, UNWTO
Copyright Information: © 2018 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2020 22:43
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150602 Tourism Forecasting @ 60%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160607 International Relations @ 40%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 60%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9403 International Relations > 940303 International Organisations @ 40%
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