We-Fi WeTour Women in Tourism Enterprise Survey 2019
The World Bank WeTour Project aimed to contribute to improved knowledge of the characteristics of Women-owned/led Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (WSMEs) in tourism in Ghana and Sierra Leone. It is intended that this knowledge and data will be used by projects and programs in those countries to inform the design of gender-targeted tourism SME support services. This survey is representative of male and female enterprises.
Kind of data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Edited, anonymous dataset for public distribution.
In Sierra leone, two destination areas were identified as Freetown and the Western Area.
Unit of analysis
Micro, Small and Medium Tourism and tourism-related enterprises
The universe of MSMEs in Tourism and Tourism-related sectors of Freetown and the Western Area in Sierra Leone comprises 1,067 entities identified individually in the sampling frame.
Producers and sponsors
Louise Twining-Ward (World Bank - Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice, Markets & Technology Unit)
World Bank Group
World Bank Group
World Bank Group
The universe of tourism and tourism related SMEs was constructed in each country using all available sources. For both countries the original sample frame of SMEs was compiled from previous sample frames developed for enterprise surveys by EEC International, the amalgamation of past listings of SMEs from the NSO and other public registries, as well as numerous other sources collated from business associations and other publicly available sources of tourism-related information portals, namely: travel agent reservation systems such as Amadeus and Sabre, tourism and tourism-related websites such as Expedia and TripAdvisor, as well as establishments referenced on Google Maps and appearing on Google Street View. The sample frame for micro enterprises was planned to result from systematic block enumeration in the targeted locations. During the block enumeration, entities were identified by a number on a list and a geographical reference (map or other description of the location), information on its apparent activity (tourism or tourism-related), as well as visible gender composition (no apparent female, no apparent male, mixed presence). Neither the activity composition nor the gender composition were known at inception. The validation of the sample frame consisted in ensuring that there were no foreign elements (activities not included in the universe under study).
The sampling strategy that EECI applied for the Tourism and Tourism related Sectors applying consisted in randomly drawing from the frame of MSMEs a screened sample until the minimum number of male and female respondents targeted was obtained, inclusive of the expected non-response.
For Sierra Leone, the frame contained a total of 1,067 entities, of which 705 micros and 362 SMEs. A random draw of 323 entities, consisting of 212 micros and 111 SMEs generated through a screening 125 female entities and 198 male entities. The entire group of 125 female entities was directed to interviewing, and the first 125 male entities that were screened, were directed to interviewing, with an expected 120 respondents by genre. For more details see Methodology Note provided under Related Documents.
The response rate was 96.6% for Sierra Leone. There are slight variations of these indicators by sub-groups of businesses.
The final dataset contains three of weight estimations according to sub-groups of businesses:
• by size (two categories - Micro or SME),
• by gender (two categories - Male or Female enterprises)
• and by size-gender (four categories - Micro-male, Micro-female, SME-male and SME-female).
The weight of each category, in each one of the sub-groups of businesses, is the ratio between the actual population in the category and the effective number of respondents in this same category.
Population distribution by size was a known characteristic, while gender distribution was unknown. In order to obtain population composition by gender, screening proportions were used as a proxy.
Dates of collection
Mode of data collection
Data collection supervision
World Bank Team - Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice, Markets & Technology Unit
Economic Expertise & Consulting International
Data entry and quality controls were implemented by the contractor then data was delivered to the World Bank. The World Bank validated data were validated for logical consistency, flagging problems that were then corrected by the implementing contractor.
Before being granted access to the dataset, all users have to formally agree:
1. To make no copies of any files or portions of files to which s/he is granted access except those authorized by the data depositor.
2. Not to use any technique in an attempt to learn the identity of any person, establishment, or sampling unit not identified on public use data files.
3. To hold in strictest confidence the identification of any establishment or individual that may be inadvertently revealed in any documents or discussion, or analysis. Such inadvertent identification revealed in her/his analysis will be immediately brought to the attention of the data depositor.
- Public use files, accessible to all
Twining-Ward, L, Saurav, A. and Hial S.E. (World Bank Group). (2019). Women in Tourism Enterprise Survey for Sierra Leone (WE-FI). Ref (SLE_2019_WE-FI_v01_M). Downloaded from [url] on [date].
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