Department for Culture Media and Sport
The Tourism Satellite account work has been updated by the Tourism Intelligence Unit. This work has used the First Steps project to develop the satellite account. To date an experimental account has been published for 2006 and a method of nowcasting has been established to estimate figures for 2007 and 2008.
In spring 2011 an update for the tourism satellite account will be published and this will include figures for the numbers employed by the industry.
DCMS held a seminar on the use and interpretation of Tourism Satellite Accounts on 19 November 2004.
The project report was published on Thursday 16 September 2004. It is downloadable from the UK TSA statistics output page.
A Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) is a set of data tables based around analyses of data on both expenditure by tourists, and on business sectors which serve tourists.
A TSA provides a much enhanced set of statistics which are more accurate than by taking the results of individual surveys alone. These data include the contribution of tourism to the economy, and the number of jobs supported by tourism, for example. A TSA also opens up possibilities for modelling and analysis.
DCMS is leading on the coordination of these projects.
Following an open competitive tender, and in conjunction with funding partners, the following appointments have been made:
The broad aims of the projects are common:
The envisaged outputs of the projects are:
The UK "First steps" TSA project is being funded by the following organisations: DCMS, the European Commission, the National Assembly for Wales, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Visit Scotland.
DCMS also conducted a feasibility study in 1998: Feasibility study: compiling a Tourism Satellite Account for the UK (PDF 588kb)
In consultation with the Office for National Statistics, DCMS established a broad-based advisory group including representation of current TSA projects.
This group has been established in order to advise and to promote coordination and consistency in Tourism Satellite Account projects.
The role of group does not extend to management of projects, though the management groups of each project will be represented.
The following organisations are represented on the group :
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