The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is looking for feedback to inform a review of our travel and tourism statistics. Travel and tourism statistics are used by businesses, policy-makers, tourism boards and many others to understand patterns and behaviours of people who travel both internationally and domestically. However, the ONS now need to review how well these statistics are meeting the needs of the people and organisations using them. Similarly, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has highlighted some weaknesses in the current approach to data collection. The ONS review, of which this consultation is a part, provides the opportunity to gather a comprehensive understanding of user needs, and to explore how best they can be met in a changing environment.
As part of the review the ONS, following consultation with stakeholders is looking at developing a new approach. The proposed approach represents a move away from how they formerly collected data (relying heavily on the International Passenger Survey) and towards a system that maximises the use of alternative data sources alongside survey data.
The ONS are therefore asking organisations and people who use travel and tourism statistics to provide feedback on this proposed approach, which aims to: