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11. Work done in the past, and currently being undertaken, by international organisations, and in particular by the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) and the United Nations Statistical Office (UNSO), has made a significant contribution to addressing the lack of common standards. In many areas, international standard classification systems and definitions have been developed and established. In particular, the publication by the UN/WTO of new standards in the 'Recommendations on Tourism Statistics' in 1994, following the ratification of these standards by the United Nations Statistical Commission in 1993, represents a major advance. The recent work by the WTO on development of the Standard International Classification of Tourism Activities (SICTA) also constituted a major development.
13. For the Framework to achieve its potential contribution to the development of tourism statistics it must be such as to command general acceptance within the tourism statistics community. It must provide guidelines which are relevant, practical and useable. The emphasis, therefore, in developing the Framework has been to produce a practical working document, rather than a theoretical model. In some cases it is necessary to compromise between what should ideally be collected and what can practically be collected. For any statistical collection exercise, the final decision on how much detail to collect, and what degree of accuracy is achieved, will depend on a number of practical issues, such as the design, mode of collection, sample size, and of course, the purpose of the collection.