Definition: Tourism supply
The definition of tourism supply should result from the definition of tourism. Thus it can be defined as the supply of all assets, services and goods to be enjoyed or bought by visitors and occasioned by the journeys of visitors.
Statistics on tourism supply may be approached in two ways:
· statistics on the production (structure) of enterprises etc., e.g. supply has been interpreted as ACTIVITIES of enterprises such as the supply of HORECA, transport and retail services;
· statistics on the results of such activities, i.e. PRODUCTS, which also may be services, consumed by visitors.
The general purpose of statistics on tourism supply is to assess the contribution of the tourism sector to a country's general socio-economic process and to identify the effects of tourism, distinguishing between direct effects and indirect or induced effects.
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