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The international tourist industry of a country may be defined as the sum of domestic activities that directly support the consumption of goods and services of foreign tourists in the country.

Definition of the international tourist industry is dependent on the definition of international tourists, which in turn can be based on a narrower definition of non-residents. That is, tourists should include:

(a) Persons visiting the country for less than one year, specifically for purposes of recreation or holiday, medical care, religious observances, family affairs, participation in international sport and cultural events, conferences and other meetings, study tours and other student programmes, as well as persons in transit to another country;

(b) Foreign students remaining for more than one year;

(c) Crew members of foreign vessels and aircraft docked in the country or on lay-over;

(d) Foreign business travellers who are in a given country for less than one year;

(e) Employees of international bodies who are on a mission of less than one year;

(f) Nationals who are residents of other countries who come back for visits of less than one year.

Source Publication:
United Nations, 1999, "Handbook of Input-Output Table Compilation and Analysis", Studies in Methods: Handbook of National Accounts, Series F, No. 74, UN, New York, p. 211.

Statistical Theme: Industry and services statistics

Created on Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Last updated on Monday, January 2, 2006