Training Course on 'Tourism Statistics' in Albania
Date: 22-24 October 2014
Venue: Tirana - Albania

Adopted in 2012, the Strategy Document of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) is the first vision document for the COMCEC for six main cooperation areas including tourism. To achieve strategic objectives defined in the COMCEC Strategy, COMCEC Coordination Office launched the COMCEC Project Cycle Management (PCM) Programme in 2013. Carried out under the support of COMCEC PCM Programme and coordinated by SESRIC, the project titled “2013-SESRIC-0111 Improving Statistical Capacities of Tourism Sector” aims at building statistical capacity in tourism statistics and overall contributing to the National Statistical Systems (NSS) of the member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) through capacity building programs including short-term trainings.

Within the framework of 2013-SESRIC-0111 Project, SESRIC organised the Training Course on 'Tourism Statistics' at the Ministry for Urban Development and Tourism in Tirana, Republic of Albania on 22-24 October 2014. The Course was conducted by Mr. Hıdır Altinbulak, Expert at Turkish Statistical Institute (TURKSTAT) with the participation of relevant officials of Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) and government agencies of Republic of Albania.

As defined in the Classification of Statistical Activities (CSA Rev. 1 - October 2009), Tourism Statistics includes statistics regarding visitor activity (such as arrivals/departures, overnight stays, expenditures, purpose of the visit, etc.) associated to different forms of tourism (inbound, domestic and outbound), tourism industries activity and infrastructure, employment and tourism satellite accounts. The subject area “Tourism Statistics’” is currently classified under the “Sectoral Statististics” activity of the “Economic Statistics” domain.

The course included discussion activities and covered the following topics:

  • Tourism Concepts, Definitions and Methodology
    • Conceptual background
    • Travel and tourism
    • Forms of tourism
    • Characterization of visitor and tourism trips
    • International and domestic visitors
    • Border statistics
    • Classification of tourism products and activities
    • Type of tourism expenditures
    • Interagency cooperation in Turkey
  • Domestic Tourism Statistics
    • Domestic Tourism in Turkey
    • Household Domestic Tourism Survey
    • Tourism expenditure
    • Quality, metadata, dissemination





    2013-SESRIC-0111 Project “Improving Statistical Capacities of Tourism Sector in Mediterranean and Gulf Regions” is funded by the COMCEC.