September 23, 2022

CLIENT: Deloitte Ltd.


Tourism is an important pillar of the Maltese Islands’ economy, providing significant direct and indirect financial benefits. The growth in tourism saw a rapid increase in the supply of bed stock, raising fears about whether there is an oversupply on such a small island, particularly whether the industry was on a sustainable growth trajectory.


One way to understand the problem was to devise a tourism carrying capacity for the island of Malta.


AIS Environment was tasked to identify the environmental impacts brought by the tourism industry on:

  • Waste

  • GHGs

  • Energy

  • Noise

  • Landscape quality

  • Biodiversity

Carrying Capacity
Carrying Capacity
Carrying Capacity

Our Input

As part of its work, AIS identified the relevant causal loops between tourism and the territorial context, linked and superimposed the effects of tourism within the territorial context and identified the carrying capacity metrics by which policy could be formulated.


The work carried out by AIS Environment is presented in the final report which is published here


Further reading: Comino Carrying Capacity