Glossary:Tourism industries

For the article Tourism industries - economic analysis a fine-tuned list of the tourism industries drawn up by the UNWTO is used, better adapted to the European setting and avoiding overestimation of the economic variables (e.g. by excluding 'real estate activities'):

  • H4910 Passenger rail transport, interurban
  • H4932 Taxi operation
  • H4939 Other passenger land transport n.e.c.
  • H5010 Sea and coastal passenger water transport
  • H5030 Inland passenger water transport
  • H5110 Passenger air transport
  • I5510 Hotels and similar accommodation
  • I5520 Holiday and other short-stay accommodation
  • I5530 Camping grounds, recreational vehicle parks and trailer parks
  • I5610 Restaurants and mobile food service activities
  • I5630 Beverage serving activities
  • N7710 Renting and leasing of cars and trucks
  • N7721 Renting and leasing of recreational and sports goods
  • N7910 Travel agency and tour operator activities
  • N7990 Other reservation service and related activities

Existing business statistics (SBS,STS) cannot distinguish between services provided to tourists and to non-tourists – typical examples include restaurants catering to tourists but also to locals and railway passenger transport used by tourists as well as by commuters. For this reason, the above mentioned article considers these industries in their totality. Considering the total turnover or employment overestimates the true economic importance of tourism for these industries (but on the other hand, tourism also contributes to other industries not listed above). Notwithstanding these shortcomings, SBS and STS data allow for an economic analysis of the sector which is not possible using only tourism statistics.

The above mentioned list was further split to two subcategories, “mainly tourism” and “partially tourism”, with "mainly tourism" including the following industries:

  • H5110 Passenger air transport
  • I5510 Hotels and similar accommodation
  • I5520 Holiday and other short-stay accommodation
  • I5530 Camping grounds, recreational vehicle parks and trailer parks
  • N7910 Travel agency and tour operator activities


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