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Tourism is defined as the activities of persons travelling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes not related to the exercise of an activity remunerated from within the place visited.

The use of this broad concept makes it possible to identify tourism between countries as well as tourism within a country. "Tourism" refers to all activities of visitors, including both "tourists (overnight visitors)" and "same-day visitors".

The term “activity of persons” takes its general meaning as a specified individual pursuit and not as an abbreviated term for “productive economic activity”, as it is used, for instance, in ISIC, Rev.3. In tourism, the “activities of persons" refer to the pursuits of those individuals who qualify as “visitors".

Source Publication:
Tourism Satellite Account: Recommended Methodological Framework, Eurostat, OECD, WTO, UNSD, 2001, paras 1.1and 2.1.

Statistical Theme: Industry and services statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Monday, December 23, 2002