JICA Funds Tourist Data Collection Project

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JICA Funds Tourist Data Collection Project


BACOLOD CITY—The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), recognizing the Philippines’ growing popularity as a tourist destination, is funding an estimated 300 million yen project that aims to improve the country’s data collection and analysis of tourism statistics.“Tourism is a main factor to a robust economy,” declared JICA representative, Toru Yoshida during a press conference of the JICA Press Tour here. “It is an opportunity for local tourism activities.”The JICA – Department of Tourism (DoT) technical cooperation project, named the “Capacity Development on Tourism Statistics in Local Government Units (LGUs),” aims to standardize methods in collecting, compiling and recording tourism data by providing computer-based training to local government units (LGUs) and developing tourism statistics manual tool, among others.The project, which started last April 2009, will run until March 2012 and will benefit 131 municipalities in Central Philippines provinces, particularly Palawan, Guimaras, Antique, Iloilo, Aklan, Capiz, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor – all pilot areas identified as among the country’s biggest sources of tourist arrivals. …

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