Tourism is measured both from the demand and supply side. In order to collect information on tourism demand, the Unit carries out an ongoing frontier survey at the Malta International Airport (MIA) and at the Seaport. Survey results are primarily used to satisfy local needs for tourism statistics. The inbound tourism news release is published monthly whilst outbound tourism indicators are released on a quarterly basis. Supply-side statistics on tourism are collected from the suppliers of tourism services. The main scope of this exercise is to measure the occupancy levels in hotels, guesthouses and hostels. A census of accommodation establishments is carried out, and the findings are published in a monthly news release. Unit C3 also collects information on National Tourism by means of a quarterly CATI survey and administrative data on Cruise Passengers from Transport Malta.
One of the main responsibilities that fall under the remit of Unit C3 is the compilation of total population counts based on updates from the latest Population and Housing Census. Thus, each year the Unit produces estimates of total and Maltese population counts by gender, age and locality for the previous year. Unit C3 also coordinates with various government departments to obtain information on important demographic events, including data on births, deaths, adoptions and regular and irregular migration, used for updating the total population distribution. In addition, data was collected on marriages, separations and divorces. Detailed information on population and demographic events is published on an annual basis in the Demographic Review publication.