Development of a Strategic Plan for Sustainable Tourism for Sierra Leone

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Summary

Acorn was contracted, as part of the national Strategic Plan, to assess the current system of tourism statistics in Sierra Leone and make recommendations for its improvement, including the preparation for the development of a first Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) for the country.

Our Approach

Our approach was highly consultative, with face-to-face meetings with the key stakeholders in Freetown, including the National Tourist Board, Statistics Sierra Leone, Bank of Sierra Leone and Sierra Leone Immigration Department.  This provided an excellent background on the current system of tourism statistics, what was currently available and how it was collected.

Detailed assessments were individually made of the following elements of the system:

  • Inbound tourism
  • Outbound and domestic tourism
  • Accommodation utilisation
  • Economic impact measurement

Based on the available data, five-year forecasts for inbound tourist arrivals and expenditure were made based on high, medium and low scenarios.

Finally, a detailed action plan was compiled to guide the key stakeholders with the implementation of the new system of tourism statistics.  This included survey design and implementation, data collection from the private sector, and improving collection from existing data sources

Outcome

Sierra Leone expects to have developed a system of tourism statistics that is robust enough to develop a first experimental Tourism Satellite Account by 2025.

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Development of a Strategic Plan for Sustainable Tourism for Sierra Leone

Client:

Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, World Bank,

Location:

Sierra Leone
Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, World Bank

This project contributes to the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Acorn AwardsSDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and work SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and work 2020

Contact us

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Flimwell, East Sussex, TN5 7PR, UK

+44 (0) 1580 879970

contact@acorntourism.co.uk