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Frontier Survey on Travel Expenditure: methodology, presentation and output assessment (2003-2005)


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  • Evangelos Th. Pantelidis

    (Bank of Greece)

  • Georgios A. Kouvatseas

    (Bank of Greece)

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    Travel-related external transactions are important determinants of the current account balance of Greece. From the early 1950s, data on external travel credits and payments were a by-product of the exchange control framework. With the dismantling of exchange controls, resident banks represented the main source of information for compiling the monthly balance of payments statements. Following Greece’s participation in the euro area, this information source became obsolete. As a result, since 2002, the Bank has been using a Frontier Sample Survey to estimate external inbound and outbound travel expenditure on a monthly basis. This article has three principal objectives. First, it provides a detailed presentation of the methodology used for the Travel Survey. Second, there is a detailed presentation and analysis of the basic data produced by the Surveys as well as related indicators such as average length of stay, expenditure per visit, etc for 2003-2005. Finally, a quality assessment of the data is provided.

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    Article provided by Bank of Greece, Economic Research Department in its journal Economic Bulletin.

    Volume (Year): (2006)
    Issue (Month): 27 (July)
    Pages: 63-106

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    Handle: RePEc:bog:econbl:y:2006:i:27:p:63-106

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    Keywords: Balance of payments statistics; travel; tourism;

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    Cited by:
    1. Costas N. Kanellopoulos, 2012. "The Size and structure of uninsured employment," Economic Bulletin, Bank of Greece, Economic Research Department, issue 37, pages 23-41, December.
    2. Costas N. Kanellopoulos, 2012. "Employment and worker flows during the financial crisis," Economic Bulletin, Bank of Greece, Economic Research Department, issue 36, pages 31-41, April.
    3. Petros M. Migiakis, 2012. "Reviewing the proposals for common bond issuances by the euro-area sovereign under a long-term perspective," Economic Bulletin, Bank of Greece, Economic Research Department, issue 37, pages 43-54, December.
    4. Zacharias Bragoudakis & Dimitrios Sideris, 2012. "Do retail gasoline prices adjust symmetrically to crude oil price changes? the case of the Greek oil market," Economic Bulletin, Bank of Greece, Economic Research Department, issue 37, pages 7-21, December.


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