As much as it is enjoyable, tourism also has it’s challenges. Think back to the last time you faced difficulties when travelling, whether you had to climb what seemed like millions of stairs to get anywhere or you struggled to ask for food or catch a taxi because of the language barrier. Maybe crossing a busy street was a scary experience, or you felt lost half the time. Now imagine how much harder it would be to travel with a disability.
Services represent more than two thirds of World Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to the World Trade Organization. They are a core economic activity, contributing more to GDP than both industry and agriculture combined. The services revolution creates new commercial opportunities and underpins virtually every economic activity.
ISO develops International Standards that help ensure that services are of a consistent, high quality. This has a number of benefits:
- For consumers, it means you can have more confidence in all types of services ranging from phone bills to tourism.
- For business, ensuring a good quality service helps differentiate your business from the competition, bringing concrete economic benefits.
ISO standards deal with many types of services in different sectors. For example:
- ISO 10002:2014 provides guidance on the process of complaints handling within an organization helping to enhance customer satisfaction.
- ISO 24510:2007 focuses on drinking water and wastewater services, giving guidance on how to satisfy users' needs and expectations.
- ISO/IEC Guide 76 includes recommendations to service providers for addressing a range of consumer issues, helping them to reduce customer complaints and the business costs of poor service.
Learn more about ISO standards and services from our #servicestandards campaign.