Aklan Tourism Business Survey Begins
The Philippine Statistics Authority-Aklan is currently conducting the 2014 Survey of Tourism Establishments in the Philippines (STEP).
The STEP aims to collect information on the available supply of tourism goods, products and services, which are valuable inputs to measure the economic contribution of tourism industry in the economy.
About 233 establishments in Aklan are selected as samples for STEP where more than half are located in Boracay Island, Malay.
Mrs. Rodelyn Panadero, Interim Provincial Statistics Officer, said that establishments covered in tourism survey are accommodation, restaurants, transport operators, tour and travel agencies, health and wellness, and other tourism activities.
“Tourism has great importance, role and impact on the social and economic development of the country,” Panadero stressed.
Hence, according to her, there is a need to measure the economic contribution of tourism for effective and efficient policy research, monitoring, analysis and development of the tourism industry.
The STEP is a rider survey for this year’s Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI).
Mrs. Panadero appealed to all respondents to give complete and reliable information to PSA field personnel conducting the survey.
She, also, assured them that all information given will be held “strictly confidential”. It cannot be used for taxation, investigation or for other law enforcement purposes. /MP