The Regional Workshop on ‘Tourism Satellite Accounts (TSA)’ was organised by SESRIC in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and hosted by the Committee on Statistics of the Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan on 30 November-3 December 2015 in Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan.
The Regional Workshop on TSA focused on the Central Asia and South Asia regions of the OIC and was aimed at the tourism statisticians working at the National Statistical Offices, Tourism Authorities, and Central Banks in the region. In total, 17 experts from 8 OIC Member Countries in the aforementioned regions including Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan attended the Workshop.
The Regional Workshop on the TSA was a continuation of the Regional Workshop held (http://www.oicstatcom.org/event-detail.php?id=1050 ) within the framework of the 2013-SESRIC-0111 Project that was among the successful final projects selected for the Project Cycle Management (PCM) Programme Funding of the OIC Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) for the year 2014.
The main purposes of the Regional Workshop on TSA were to:
• explain the TSA structure and the relationships between its tables; provide necessary clarification of the TSA underlying concepts;
• provide venue for the exchange of knowledge and country experiences in the preparation of TSA, in addressing challenges in collecting basic tourism data as well as in the interpretation of the TSA results for more informed decision making by the tourism industries; and
• assist countries in setting up their longer term work programme on the TSA development.
This forum post is expected to serve as a platform of communication to exchange questions pertaining to the compilation of the ten tables under the TSA system.