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Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Indicator 8.9.2: Proportion of jobs in sustainable tourism industries out of total tourism jobs

Share of US Direct Tourism-related Employment


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Actual indicator available Proportion of jobs in sustainable tourism industries out of total tourism jobs
Actual indicator available - description Tourism employment. Total tourism-related employment consists of direct tourism employment plus indirect tourism employment. Direct tourism employment comprises all jobs where the workers are engaged in the production of direct tourism output (for example, hotel staff and airline pilots), and indirect tourism employment comprises all jobs where the workers are engaged in the production of indirect tourism output (for example, workers producing hotel toiletries and delivering fuel to airlines).
Date of national source publication June, 2018
Method of computation ( Jobs in tourism industries / Total jobs ) * 100
Periodicity Annual
Scheduled update by national source June, 2019 (Will incorporate 2012 Input-Output Accounts, released November 1, 2018)
U.S. method of computation (US Direct Tourism-related Employment)/(US Total Tourism-related Employment)
Comments and limitations Annual data will be via BEA's June Survey of Current Business
Date metadata updated July, 2018
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Unit of measurement Thousands
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Indicator name Proportion of jobs in sustainable tourism industries out of total tourism jobs
Target name By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products.
Global indicator description The "tourism industries", or tourism characteristic industries, comprise all establishments for which the principal activity is a tourism characteristic activity, i.e. the activities that typically produce tourism characteristic products (IRTS 2008 paras. 5.10-5.11). For international comparability purposes these are (according to ISIC Rev. 4 categories): accommodation for visitors (5510, 5520, 5590, 6810 and 6820), food and beverage serving activities (5610, 5629 and 5630), railway passenger transport (4911), road passenger transport (4922), water passenger transport (5011 and 5021), air passenger transport (5110), transport equipment rental (7710), travel agencies and other reservation service activities (7911, 7912 and 7990), cultural activities (9000, 9102, 9103), and sport and recreational activities (7721, 9200, 9311, 9319, 9321 and 9329). Regarding jobs, the agreement between an employee and the employer defines a job and each self-employed person has a job. The number of jobs in the economy thus exceeds the number of persons employed to the extent that some employees have more than one job (SNA 2008 para. 19.30 in IRTS 2008 Compilation Guide para. 7.6). Consequently, the number of jobs (demand side) and the number of persons employed (supply side) are dissimilar categories and therefore usually do not match. In this respect, it should be noted that employment in the tourism industries refers to all the jobs (in all occupations) in both tourism-characteristic activities and non-tourism-characteristic activities in all establishments in tourism industries19. The indicator shows the relative importance of jobs in the tourism industries as a share of the economy's total jobs.
UN designated tier 3 (with data)
UN custodial agency UNWTO
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Organisation Andrew Craig (Kali Kong July, 2018)
Agency Staff Name Andrew Craig (Kali Kong July, 2018)
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