Tourism Statistics Need Improvement

In Costa Rica the current methods for keeping records about the number of tourist arrivals are inefficient, with differences in numbers of up to half a million.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Professionals in the tourism sector believe it is essential to incorporate new tools in order to generate more reliable data regarding the entry of tourists into the country.

One such tool developed by the United Nations and used by several countries are satellite accounts.

"It is a statistical tool designed to measure goods and services consumed by visitors and tourists, allowing valid comparisons with other industries or, rather, between one country to another, or between groups of countries", reported

Patricia Duarte, executive director of the Association of Tourism Professionals (Acoprot) explained that “this tool has rules and global definitions to assess the true contribution of tourism in terms of percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), direct employment and equity investments. These figures would be seen as more closely tied to reality. "

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