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Travel and Tourism Statistics Review

Wed 15 Dec 21

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is looking for feedback to inform a review of their travel and tourism statistics through a consultation they have had open since October; it will close on the 21st of December. 
Travel and tourism statistics are used by businesses, policy-makers, tourism boards and many others to understand patterns and behaviours of people who travel both internationally and domestically. 
Data has been key to getting support for the tourism industry and it allows us to truly show the value of our industry.
ONS are reviewing how well these statistics are meeting the needs of the people and organisations using them. Similarly, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has highlighted some weaknesses in the current approach to data collection.
The review, of which this consultation is a part, is seeking to gather a comprehensive understanding of user needs, and to explore how best they can be met in a changing environment.
The proposed approach
As part of the review, ONS have developed a proposed approach for how to measure travel and tourism statistics in the future. The proposed approach represents a move away from how ONS formerly collected data (relying heavily on the International Passenger Survey) and towards a system that maximises the use of alternative data sources alongside survey data.
ONS are asking organisations and people who use travel and tourism statistics to provide feedback on this proposed approach, which aims to:

  • deliver statistical outputs that better meet the needs of users
  • maximise the use of alternative data sources
  • use surveys where necessary
  • deliver improved coherence across all travel and tourism statistics

How to respond:

Take part in the consultation before it closes on 21 December 2021
You can also read further background to the consultation as well as a paper on the proposed methodological changes to the production of travel and tourism statistics. 
The final recommendations of the review will be published in Spring 2022.

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