Definition: Statistical unit (Supply side)
The reporting unit that can best supply information about the tourism product depends on the type of product to be observed. In general the following may be used as a reporting unit: enterprise, local unit, kind-of-activity-unit ( KAU), local KAU, (local authorities) of a community, province etc. These statistical units of the production system are defined in Council Regulation No. 696/93 of 15 March 1993.
Since the observation unit is the product, the reporting unit should be asked to provide information on the breakdown of their activities according to kind-of-activity units or supply the breakdown by sales of products.
Eurostat, "Methodological manual on the design and implementation of surveys on inbound tourism", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 2000, Appendix A, Classification and Glossary