Quezon City Tourism Department (QCTD) personnel and various city government offices underwent intensive training on Basic Tourism Statistics by the Department of Tourism from 23 to 25 October at E. Virata Hall in the University of the Philippines Institute of Small Scale Industries.
Quezon City is the second local government unit in the National Capital Region that trains its personnel on basic tourism statistics after Pasay City.
The trainees learned basic tourism concepts as well as manual and automated ways of gathering basic tourism data.
They also drafted an action plan in collecting data from accommodation establishments like hotels, dormitories and inns as well as identified tourism destinations in QC.
According to Quezon City tourism officer Divina Gracia P. Pascua, the three-day training aimed to provide a simplified and uniform system of collection and compilation of tourism data.
“Through this training, we can develop and strengthen institutional mechanisms at the national, regional and local levels to support the generation of statistics needed by both government and the private sector,” Pascua said.
With the assistance of other city government offices, Pascua explained, a more concise and complete data on tourism can be gathered.
“It is a collaborative effort of city government departments and offices in order for us to come up with good and usable data or statistics,” the QCTD chief explained.
Ramil Basuel, Senior Tourism Operations Officer of the Department of Tourism, said their agency needs the help of LGUs in gathering tourism data in the country.
“The LGUs must learn about this because they are assisting the DoT in compiling locl tourism data. We need to collect data because we want to monitor the benefits of the tourism industry. You’d want to know if it is growing, even if the policies are failing,” Basuel said.
The Basic Tourism Statistics Training is the first of the three level-program of DoT in capacitating LGUs and tourism stakeholders on the standard tourism statistics system.
“I hope that after this training, you will able to collect data using the standard or the recommended form so you can contribute to tourism indicators here in Metro Manila,” Basuel added.