ILO, UNWTO to pronote better tourism employment statistics

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Tourism Organization of the United Nations (UNWTO) have co-launched a new report which provides statistical instruments and best practices in a bid to improve tourism employment data.

UNWTO secretary-general Taleb Rifai said unemployment is one of the “major challenges facing our times”.
UNWTO secretary-general Taleb Rifai said unemployment is one of the “major challenges facing our times”.

Measuring Employment in the Tourism Industries – Guide with Best Practices, shows that statistical data are indispensable tools for evidence-based decision-making, planning, implementation and monitoring of policies and programmes.

UNWTO secretary-general Taleb Rifai said unemployment is one of the “major challenges facing our times”.

“Enhancing the quality and comparability of tourism employment statistics can significantly improve the capacity of stakeholders to monitor tourism labour markets and promote productive activities, as well as the effective use of qualified labour, the principal factor in ensuring sustainable tourism development and its continued contribution to economic growth and employment worldwide”, he added.

With data on tourism-related employment still fragmented, of poor quality and lacking international comparability, both employment in tourism and the economic value of tourism in terms of employment remain inadequately measured and insufficiently studied.

The UNWTO/ILO publication aims to fill this gap and enhance the development of reliable and comparable employment statistics for the tourism sector.

The joint publication is one of the outputs of an ILO/UNWTO Agreement signed in 2009 which aims at enhancing capacity to measure employment in tourism and improving the international comparability of employment-related tourism statistics.

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