Dr. Nagore Espinosa, in her condition of UNWTO consultant, led a UNWTO National Workshop on Tourism Statistics organized by UNWTO upon the request of the Ministry of Tourism of the Democratic Republic of East Timor – Republica Democratica de Timor Leste in Dili.
The overall objective of the technical mission was to introduce Timor Leste to tourism statistics compilation and management and to assist its officials in setting up a national System of Tourism Statistics (STS). ln other words, the workshop was a capacity-building exercise, providing participants (Ministry officials, Central Bank, National Statistics Office, University, etc.) with the knowledge needed to improve their understanding of tourism statistics, to apply good practices in tourism data collection and to address underlying challenges in developing national STS. Moreover, this workshop facilitated the first meeting of the key institutions that will advance this process: Ministry of Tourism, National Statistics Office, Immigration Authority, University and Central Bank.