MOVE2015 American Chapter – 4th International Conference on Sub-National Measurement and Economic Analysis of Tourism: Towards a Set of UNWTO Guidelines will be hosted again in its American Chapter, this time in San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 18, 19, 20th, 2015. The conference is organized by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, within the conceptual framework of INRouTe and in collaboration with the UNWTO and CICtourGUNE.

Wednesday November 18th and Thursday November 19th MOVE2015 conference will address topics that are absolutely aligned with INRouTe’s work. The International Network on Sub-National Economics, Mobility and Tourism (INRouTe), an initiative promoted by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is dedicated to advancing policy-oriented measurement and analysis of tourism in order to provide operational guidance to entities involved with sub-national tourism destinations. Check out the keynotes and lead experts expected for these sessions here

Friday November 20th will host MOVE2015’s Puerto Rico UNWTO Tourism Forum addressing tourism topics coming up soon. These three days should enlighten an international and a local audience on the latest tourism trends in a remarkable setting!

Wednesday November 18th and Thursday November 19th MOVE2015 conference themes:

International benchmarking of destinations at sub-national levels is currently unavailable, and some of the reasons are the complexity of measuring and economically analyzing tourism, as well as counting with rigorous frameworks and procedures developed following international standards on tourism statistics.

The adaptation of UN recommended 2008 international standards to sub-national levels has been promoted by UNWTO through the creation of an International Network (INRouTe) acting as a private non-profit organization. This 4th edition of MOVE international conferences will present a sneak preview of the set of general guidelines on Measurement and Economic Analysis of Tourism at Sub-National levels that UNWTO will submit it to a worldwide consultation along 2016.

Therefore, participating in MOVE 2015, means being some of the first professionals discussing these guidelines among international key experts and UNWTO right before the worldwide consultation is launched. 

  1. Tourism and Territory: taking sub-national tourism seriously
  • Territorial planning and tourism
  • Setting up the conceptual design of a Regional Tourism Information System (R-TIS)
  • Operationalizing the measurement of tourism destination for comparability purposes
  1. Tourism and the environmental dimension: the complexity of operationalizing a policy concept such as sustainable tourism
  • Tourism in the conceptual framework of the System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA) international standard
  • Tourism and other dimensions of sustainable development: a statistical insight
  • Adapting a R-TIS to sub-regional extensions of the UN proposed Ecosystem Approach to Environmental Economic Accounting
  1. TSA as the foundation for a Regional TSA: Measurement and economic analysis at sub-national levels
  • Complexity of the sub-national measurement of tourism
  • ¨Significance¨ and ¨Scalability¨ as key concepts for measuring tourism at sub-national levels
  • Setting up a R-TSA:
    • Recommended principles
    • Governance structure for a statistical project
    • Feasibility study