3 The measurement of tourism

Introduction

The measurement of tourism and related statistical practices involves (a) concept and definitions, and (b) uses and users of travel statistics, categories of statistics, methods and sources of information.

Tourism is basically a movement of people, a demand force rather than a single industry. Originally in the English language tourists were referred to as travellers, as mentioned earlier. In recent years tourism has become the all-embracing term, describing the movement of people away from their place of permanent residence for a temporary stay in a different location. This mobile population’s activities and expenditure involved in this change of location, on transport, accommodation, catering, activities ...

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