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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. ISSN 1099-2340

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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 Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: politics, statistics, tourist arrivals, UNWTO
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Tourism and Hospitality Management
Depositing User: Stephen Pratt
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2019 01:00
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2019 01:00

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