Mr. Folorunsho Coker emphasizes collaborative statistics for growth in tourism

Published on : Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Mr. Folorunsho CokerMr. Folorunsho Coker, the Director-General Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation or NTDC has urged working partnerships between data collection organizations to shape up data overview of Nigeria tourism.

At the weekend in Lagos, Coker interacted with tourism and travel writers mentioned that there are data banks from technologies used by telecoms companies, banks, and airlines that could be utilized to give the tourism data a proper shape. He stated that such partnerships would be created by alliance and in our common interest than by imposing. This, he said, will get ‘us where we want to be. Big data is the new oracle. We need to speak to it to maximize benefits.’

The head of NTDC described the figures as an outline that permits correction of plans and policies, praised the National Bureau of Statistics in terms of its commitment of utilizing the Tourism Satellite Accounts (TSA) framework to make sure to establish a strong and realistic aggregation of tourism statistics in Nigeria.

He observed that the symbiotic relationship between government agencies is to provide benefit of Nigeria adding that, ‘this is the first time statistic will capture tourism and its relevance to GDP.’

“The decision of NBS to use the TSA framework to ensure a more robust and realistic aggregation of tourism statistics in Nigeria is ground breaking. It is the beginning of what GSM did to analogue for tourism. The DG at NBS is a timely judge of the National data requirements and is on the crest of pronouncements that reinforce our statements that the transportation, hospitality and entertainment in tourism has been big business and need to be identified and separated,” he added.


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