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 email@example.com.