News UNWTO: Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism

Experiences from Pilot Studies: A Synopsis for Policy Makers

UNWTO, in collaboration with the UN Statistics Division, is propelling the development of the MST (Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism) program to provide all countries in the world with a common framework to measure the impacts and contributions of tourism on the economy, society and the environment. The Statistical Framework for MST (SF-MST) is a valuable guiding tool for countries to produce credible, comparable and integrated data to better guide decisions and policy with respect to sustainable tourism.

As of August 2020, a total of 11 MST pilot studies have been conducted in the following countries: Austria, Canada, Fiji, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and Thailand. In addition, Samoa and Vietnam have undertaken projects aimed at measuring the sustainability of tourism using tools that are in line with the SF-MST.


Germany: A New "Tourism-Sustainability Satellite Account" (TSSA)
A viable system has been developed to measure different sustainability-impacts of tourism in Germany. This so-called Tourism-Sustainability-Satellite Account is based on TSA-data combined with data of German Environmental-Economic Accounting. Additional social indicators focus on decent work and inclusiveness. The system allows a systematic allocation of impacts to different tourism-related economic sectors.

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Source UNWTO
Keywords Indicators
Target group(s) Destinations , Governments & Administrations
Topics Good Governance & CSR