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Publications on Tourism Statistics

UNWTO´s flagship annual publications in the field of tourism statistics are the Compendium of Tourism Statistics, and the Yearbook of Tourism Statistics. These publications contain the main datasets produced by UNWTO in its Statistical Database. Information on the contents of these publications is provided below:

Statistical information on tourism’s multiple facets is pivotal in advancing knowledge of the sector, monitoring progress, promoting results-focused management, and highlighting strategic issues for policy decisions. The Compendium provides statistical data and indicators on inbound, outbound and domestic tourism, as well as on the number and types of tourism industries, the number of employees by tourism industries, and macroeconomic indicators related to international tourism. For further details on the indicators included under each of these areas, please refer to the “Basic Tourism Statistics” section.

The 2020 edition presents data for 203 countries from 2014 to 2018, with methodological notes in English, French and Spanish.

Understanding, for each country, where its inbound tourism is generated is essential for analyzing international tourism flows and devising marketing strategies, such as those related to the positioning of national markets abroad. The Yearbook focuses on data related to inbound tourism (total arrivals and overnight stays), broken down by country of origin.

Quick overview of contents:

Arrivals
Border statistics
Table 1. Arrivals of non-resident tourists at national borders
Table 2. Arrivals of non-resident visitors at national borders
Statistics on accommodation establishments
Table 3. Arrivals of non-resident tourists in hotels and similar establishments
Table 4. Arrivals of non-resident tourists in all types of accommodation establishments.

Overnight stays
Table 5. Overnight stays of non-resident tourists in hotels and similar establishments
Table 6. Overnight stays of non-resident tourists in all types of accommodation establishments.
Arrivals data correspond to international visitors entering the economic territory of the country of reference and include both tourists and same-day, non-resident visitors. Overnight stays refers to the number of nights spent by non-resident tourists in accommodation establishments (guests).

The 2020 edition presents data for 197 countries from 2014 to 2018, with methodological notes in English, French and Spanish.

The Methodological Notes to the UNWTO Database contain all the relevant metadata, country notes and methodological documentation in reference to the data included in these publications.