In the 1990s, Canada was a pioneer in developing the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA), a statistical instrument for defining and describing tourism as a multi-industry sector consisting of various components of five established industry groups that provide services directly to visitors. The TSA has since become an established international standard, used by more than 70 countries, for providing credible information on tourism as an economic activity. For consistency and credibility in communications, it is important that all Canadian tourism professionals and businesses continue to endorse and work with the accepted terminology and classifications for describing the economic aspects of tourism.
Special Advisor, Program Evaluation and Research
Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council