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Definition:
Tourists are individuals who travel for leisure, recreation and holidays.

Context:
Nevertheless, the definitions of visitors and tourists used within the Tourism Satellite Accounts is much broader, and includes all individuals who travel or visit a place for a purpose other than "the exercise of an activity remunerated from within the place visited" (Recommendations on Tourism Statistics, Part One, para. 20). This qualification follows the concept of usual environment as indicating the area where a person usually lives and works. As a consequence, a business or commercial traveller may or may not be a tourist, according to the place from where he/she is paid and how he/she undertakes his/her activity.

Based on the main purpose of their visit, tourists and same-day visitors may be classified in the following categories (Recommendations on Tourism Statistics, Part One, para. 44):

- Leisure, recreation and holidays;
- Visiting friends and relatives;
- Business and professional;
- Health treatment;
- Religion, pilgrimages;
- Other.

However, in the tables proposed in the Tourism Satellite Account: Recommended Methodological Framework, the purpose classification is not used.

Source Publication:
Tourism Satellite Account: Recommended Methodological Framework, Eurostat, OECD, WTO, UNSD, 2001, para 2.22
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Statistical Theme: Industry and services statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Wednesday, January 4, 2006