Winneba — A nationwide survey to gather baseline information on home and outbound tourism to evaluate the contribution of the sector to nationwide growth has been launched.
The 2023 Home and Outbound Tourism Survey (DOTS) can be meant to assist the nation perceive the extent of tourism move to and from the nation.
The DOTS to be performed inside a yr fashioned a part of 4 surveys to review the tourism sector and its socio-economic contribution to the financial system.
It’s being funded by the World Financial institution underneath the Harmonising and Enhancing Statistics in West Africa Mission.
Talking on the launch right here yesterday, the Authorities Statistician, Professor Samuel Ok. Annim, stated the DOTS was a part of a complete of 4 surveys primarily aimed toward compiling the Tourism Satellite tv for pc Account (TSA), which might function foundation for computing the sector’s true relevance to the nationwide financial system.
The opposite surveys to be performed inside the subsequent three years have been the Ghana Worldwide Traveller’s Survey, Lodging Models Survey and Tourism Provide Institution Survey which have been important in computing the TSA.
Prof. Annim defined that the survey would assist generate dependable and complete information to measure and assess the insurance policies of presidency on tourism.
He stated as a part of the 15 years strategic plan of the Ghana Tourism Authority, the Authority projected tourism arrivals to achieve 4.3 million by 2027.
He stated the sector was projected to lift $1.5 billion by 2027, which is half of the steadiness of fee assist the federal government was searching for from the Worldwide Financial Fund.
Prof. Annim additional stated tourism was projected to create 1.4 million jobs by 2027 and assist deal with the unemployment downside dealing with the nation.
“The info above tells the significance of the tourism sector. The tourism sector alone may help the nation increase greater than the quantity Ghana is searching for from the IMF,” he said.
Prof. Annim disclosed that about 220 subject employees had been recruited for the yr train.
The chairman of the Technician Committee of the venture, Professor Kwaku Boakye, stated tourism had been recognized as a driver to cut back poverty, create respectable work and promote environmental sustainability.
“Tourism when correctly deliberate and developed can be utilized as a car to attain lots of the sustainable growth targets instantly and not directly,” he said.
Professor Boakye who’s the Professor of Tourism on the College of Cape Coast, stated the DOTS was a nationwide survey designed to acquire complete information and understanding of the tourism sector to affect authorities coverage.
He stated the survey, amongst others, would elicit info on the consumer satisfaction of the vacationers amenities within the nation.
The Coordinator of the Survey, Dr Ebenezer Kojo Ocran, in his remarks stated the survey would assist generate information for efficient growth of the nation’s tourism sector.