DOT holds ad­vance tourism sta­tis­tics train­ing

Palawan News - - PROVINCE -

Some 40 mu­nic­i­pal plan­ning and tourism of­fi­cers re­cently at­tended a train­ing for the stan­dard­iza­tion of data gather­ing on tourism in­for­ma­tion in Palawan on Tues­day.

Ryan Car­los, DOT of­fi­cer for tourism de­vel­op­ment plan­ning, said the train­ing was a series of Stan­dard Lo­cal Tourism Statis­tic Sys­tem (SLTSS) be­ing im­ple­mented by the De­part­ment of Tourism (DOT) and the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (JICA).

Car­los said lo­cal tourism of­fi­cials should know how to gather data in stan­dard­ized pro­ce­dure to help them in craft­ing tourism de­vel­op­ment plans in their mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

“Be­cause the plan is in­tended for the tourists who visit their des­ti­na­tions. So da­pat mas akma ‘yung mga proyekto, plano at pro­grama hing­gil sa pan­gan­gailan­gan or pref­er­ences ng at­ing mga tur­ista,” he pointed out.

Some of the data that needs to be col­lected are the tourist ar­rival, ac­com­mo­da­tion es­tab­lish­ments, vis­i­tor at­trac­tions and de­par­ture points such as air­ports and ter­mi­nals, he added

Car­los said the MIMAROPA Re­gion has recorded 2,071,224 in tourism ar­rivals in 2017 of which 70 per­cent or 1,498,847 came from Palawan.

Palawan has also recorded 1,071 ac­com­mo­da­tion es­tab­lish­ments in the same year.

“May­roon tay­ong unique un­der­stand­ing kung ano ang mga data na ki­nokolekta lang; tool para mai­wasan ang waste of time, waste of ef­fort, waste of money and man­power dahil mga im­por­tan­teng in­for­ma­tion lang ang kinukuha natin,” he added.

The train­ing is in co­op­er­a­tion with the Pro­vin­cial Tourism Pro­mo­tions and De­vel­op­ment De­part­ment ( PTPDD) aimed at teach­ing the par­tic­i­pants on pro­vid­ing stan­dards in the gather­ing of tourism in­for­ma­tion and data.

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