The Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with Statistics Sierra Leone, has started a two-day training session with enumerators and interviewers on a Comprehensive Survey of Tourism and Cultural Establishment Sites.
Speaking to NewsWatch on Friday 15th February 2019, the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Memunatu Pratt, said that the objective of the survey is to create a database that will enhance revenue generation and capacity to identify all sectors related to tourism for successful and sustainable revenue generation, adding that knowledge of the existence of every sector is necessary to prevent leakages and avoidance of payment of lives, charges and taxes.
Speaking to enumerators and Interviewers, Dr. Memunatu Baby Pratt said the world has become competitive, and her Ministry considers data gathering as very critical
“Without data you cannot market your products and there will be no form of development. Data remains the single principle identifier in order to convince investors and business people and at the same time focus on tourism international standards and provision of vital and credible information to tourists; customers and guest through a global competitiveness reports in terms of tourists arrivals which account for what you have in the area of competing and generating resources.” She affirmed
The Minister said that Sierra Leone can only compete on the global stage in the area of tourism development through human development and assessment, and data that can tell us about tourism establishment and how revenue generation could be accounted for, thereby having information on human resource capacity that can easily inform policy and decision makers.
“This can also give us the opportunity to determine our budget statistics annually”, She concluded.
According to the Director of Census, Geographic Information, Statistics Sierra Leone, Andrew Bob Johnny, the President’s commitment on national development is not only on education, but tourism. He added that success started with a good database by identifying cultural sites and that his institution’s intervention in the process is to create a different trend that would create movable transformation within the sector.