Experiences from Pilot Studies in Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism: A synopsis for policy makers

Resources and projects May 03, 2021

What is MST?

UNWTO,   in   collaboration   with   the   UN   Statistics   Division, is propelling the development of the  MST (Measuring  the  Sustainability  of  Tourism)  program1to provide all countries in the world with a common framework to measure the impacts and contributions of   tourism   on   the   economy,   society   and   the   environment.

What are the MST Pilot Studies?

As of August 2020, a total of 11 MST pilot studies have been  conducted  in  the  following  countries:  Austria,  Canada,  Fiji,  Germany,  Italy,  Mexico,  Netherlands,  Philippines,   Saudi   Arabia,   Sweden   and   Thailand.   In  addition,  Samoa  and  Vietnam  have  undertaken  projects  aimed  at  measuring  the  sustainability  of  tourism using tools that are in line with the SF-MST.

This  document linked above  covers  11  of  the  13  available  MST  pilot  studies  and  related  initiatives.  The  following  studies are included:

- Austria: A pilot study that culminated in a Master-plan in Tourism

- Fiji: A roadmap to measuring the sustainability of tourism

- Germany: A new “Tourism-Sustainability Satellite Account” (TSSA)

- Italy: Measuring the impact of tourism-related air emissions

- Mexico: Identifying areas of influence for measu-ring the sustainability of tourism

- Philippines:  Estimating  water  and  energy  con-sumption in tourism

- Samoa:  An  extended  Tourism  Satellite  Account  (TSA) pilot exercise

-  Saudi   Arabia:   Estimating   the   environmental   effects of tourism

- Sweden:  A  method  for  estimating  GHG  emis-sions in tourism

- Thailand: A regional pilot that resulted in a Natio-nal TSA-SEEA System of Accounts

- Vietnam:  Land-based  pollution  in  the  Quang  Ninh province

The  main  goal  of  this  publication  is  two-fold:  a)  to  showcase  the  excellent  work  conducted  by  pilot  countries  in  advancing  the  implementation  of  MST,  and b) to encourage other countries and destinations to join this important effort. If interested in becoming an MST pilot, please contact the UNWTO’s Statistics Department at sttc@unwto.org.