Philippines to host the 6th UNWTO Conference on Tourism Statistics

Policy leaders, statisticians, academicians and private sector will convene in Manila in the Philippines, from June 21-24, 2017, to discuss new methodologies to measure the full impacts of tourism. The Sixth edition of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) International Conference on Statistics, an official event of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, will address the topic of ‘Measuring Sustainable Tourism’.

Supported by the United Nations Statistics Division, the UNWTO initiative ‘Towards a Statistical Framework for Measuring Sustainable Tourism’ (MST) underlines the need to measure the full effects of the tourism sector. The UNWTO International Conference to be held in Manila will serve as a platform to discuss the first draft of the MST framework and its future implementation.

A Ministerial Roundtable will inaugurate the conference in order to align efforts to advocate among governments, the relevance of integrated and reliable data to manage and promote a more sustainable tourism sector. Afterwards, a panel of statistical institutes will provide the opportunity to share experiences and practices implemented at global, regional and national level.

Besides policy leaders, statistical experts and private sector, representatives from international organisations such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and Eurostat will also contribute to the discussions.