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Ghana Statistical Service Launches Domestic and Outbound Tourism Survey to Boost National Economy

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The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has launched a survey aimed at obtaining domestic and outbound tourism data for the effective and efficient development of tourism policies and programmes for the country. The Domestic and Outbound Tourism Survey (DOTS) will involve the collection, compilation, analysis, and dissemination of tourism information on Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians who are resident in the country.

Covering a one-year period, the survey will gather data on domestic visitors travelling within the country for tourism purposes and outbound visitors travelling outside the country for tourism activities. This is one of the four surveys to be conducted by the GSS primarily aimed at compiling the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA), a document which will serve as the basis for computing the sector’s true relevance to the national economy.

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The Government Statistician, Professor Samuel K. Annim, officially launched the survey and stated that the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture (MoTAC) had projected that the sector could potentially attract 4.3 million tourists translating into foreign exchange worth $1.5 billion while creating direct and indirect employment for 1.4 million people in the country.

“The only way we can take Ghana forward is to get quality data and point policy makers to the right statistics,” he added. Therefore, the DOTS would provide comprehensive data on how attractive the country’s tourist sites were, the facilities available, number of people visiting and how realistic the ministry’s projections were.

Tourism has been empirically known to contribute to poverty reduction, reduced hunger, created decent work and economic growth, and contributed to conserving the environment and sustainability. The chairman of the technical team for the survey, Prof. Kwaku Boakye, urged all residents to participate willingly in the exercise to help compute the true contribution of the tourism industry to the national economy.

In conclusion, this survey will help Ghana achieve its sustainable development goals by enhancing the economic fortunes of the country through the development of the tourism industry. It is, therefore, essential for all Ghanaians to participate actively in the survey to help the government achieve its projections.

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