The Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) is the internationally recognised methodology for measuring the economic impact of tourism. It requires robust demand and supply side data to be compiled, and in most economies an international inbound visitor survey is an essential part of the demand-side data. Such a visitor survey had not been undertaken in Jordan for 10 years, and therefore this was essential before a TSA could be compiled.
The previous TSA, also compiled by Acorn, was published three years previously, and therefore a more current assessment of tourism’s impact on the Jordanian economy was required.
The Inbound Visitor Survey was undertaken by the Central Statistics Office following a detailed review of the questionnaire to ensure it complied with UNWTO concepts, classifications and definitions, and generated the visitor expenditure data required for the TSA. The survey was also utilised to gather data on visitor and trip characteristics, and to assist with tourism marketing and development.
Once the data from the questionnaire had been processed, a report was compiled using charts and infographics to present the data in an easy to access way, so that all stakeholders could benefit from the findings.
The expenditure data was combined with data from a domestic tourism survey and national accounts to compile the tables of the TSA, and generate the key indicators of tourism direct gross value added and tourism GDP.
The results of the inbound visitor survey and the tourism satellite account were presented and distributed at a national seminar in Amman, Jordan, to all the key stakeholders, with electronic copies available online. It showed that tourism had grown in Jordan in recent years, with it contributing to a larger share of GDP.
Stakeholders were able to benefit from the inbound visitor survey by receiving clearly interpreted findings relating to inbound visitor arrivals, including how tourists planned their trips, their booking patterns, activities and places visited when in Jordan, and their trip evaluations.