Govt writes to Centre over TSA for state


In the absence of a standard method of quantifying the exact contribution of the tourism industry to the economy, the tourism department is keen on the tourism satellite account (TSA) for the state.
The TSA is an international standard of measuring the contribution of tourism to an economy. The states of Kerala and Madhya Pradesh have been selected by the Union ministry as pilot states for the implementation of TSA, while inquiries are being made by the Union ministry over whether Goa wants to be included in the exercise.
Sources in the government said that the tourism department has written to the state government in response to communication received from the additional director of the general ministry of the Union government.
The TSA reveals the contribution of the tourism sector in statistical terms in addition to detailing the impact of tourism in versatile and comprehensive terms. Sources said that TSA gives detailed and analytical information on all aspects of tourism.
In a nutshell, TSA will help in deriving various aggregates which are of great help to provide summary indicators of the size of the tourism with the main aggregates as: Internal tourism expenditure and internal tourism consumption, gross value added of tourism industries, tourism direct gross value added, tourism direct gross domestic product and other areas such as employment in the tourism sector, tourism gross fixed capital formation and tourism collective consumption. The method, if employed, will help in a big way in planning as well as infrastructure development as there will be proper quantification of inflow of tourists-both domestic and foreign-and overall requirements of the industry.
"We will be able to accurately know the quantum of tourists visiting the state. Methods we follow now only give us rough estimates. A file has been put before the government expressing the department's interest," the source said, adding that TSA will help develop a roadmap for the development of tourism in the state. [TOI]