Untangling tourism data mess to cost govt P6.8m

The Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism will spend approximately P6.8 million in designing a tourism statistical plan meant to unravel the statistics nightmare prevailing in the sector.

At present, policymakers and investors in tourism rely mostly on external sources of data for the domestic tourism sector, due to the complex statistical challenge the industry has historically faced.

As a consequence, it is presently unclear how much the sector contributes to the economy, with estimates ranging from 3.7 percent in the 2009 Tourism Satellite Account report and eight percent in the last World Travel and Tourism Council calculation.

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