Obviously, since the adoption of the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) standards and processes, among international tourism organisations, Africa has been the global weak link. Western economies have good statistical structures that are bankable. Asia recently emerged as a global destination with comparable statistical integrity. But Africa has never got it right.
No wonder, as part of the technical assistance that the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is offering to its Member States, particularly to develop efficient statistical systems, the Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria hosted the second workshop of the Programme for Strengthening capacity for tourism statistics (27-29 September 2018) on the occasion of World Tourism Day.
The purpose of the programme is to facilitate the development of tourism statistics in accordance with United Nations standards and to progressively implement the Tourism Satellite Account Project. Spread over three years, from 2017 to 2019, this program consists of several workshops for officials from national tourism administrations, national statistical offices, central banks and immigration offices.
This second workshop focused on the development of the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA), a tool for measuring and monitoring the economic impact of tourism in the economy. It is an accounting framework that measures the contribution of tourism to job creation, economic growth and wealth creation and provides an international comparison of these data.
The workshop organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts of Algeria and UNWTO brought together fourteen (14) African countries and more than forty participants to share their experiences and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to improve their statistics.
Participants recognized the need to create a tourism satellite account as a tool for monitoring the economic dimension of sustainability as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.