The Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with Statistics Sierra Leone on Monday 13th January 2020 published the National Tourism Census Report at the Miata Conference Hall in Freetown. The report identifies and captures an array of tourist establishments and assets across the country to form a comprehensive database while contributing towards the digitalization of the sector through geospatial mapping of tourism assets and establishment. The Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Memunatu Pratt, said the report is the first national tourism geographic information census data conducted jointly by MoTCA and Statistics. “A country that does not have a geo-mapping of its tourism assets and facilities and sites is promoting tourism from a blind perspective,” she said. The goal of the survey was to provide information for the growth and development of the tourism industry. She said tourism is considered one of the diversification strategies for the economy. “We have developed beaches, issued visas on arrival, entertainment centres, restoration of cultural and historic sites as well as hotels and guest houses.” Meanwhile, the National Tourism Census report was conducted over a period of seven days. It focuses on tourism assets in the country such as accommodation facilities, restaurants, nightclubs and bars, historical sites, beaches, islands, important rivers, forests, lakes, national parks, cultural sites, art and craft industries and more.