8695.0 - Accommodation Services, Australia, 2006-07 Quality Declaration 
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June 25, 2008
Embargoed 11.30 am (AEST)

Accommodation businesses generate $9.9 billion in income: ABS

Australia's 5,891 accommodation businesses generated $9.9 billion in income during 2006-07, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The main sources of income for these businesses, which range from hotels to bed and breakfast establishments, included takings from accommodation (66%); meals (14%), and sales of liquor and other beverages (6%).

The Accommodation Services survey also found that at 30 June 2007:
  • Over one third (35%) of total accommodation establishments were motels. Serviced apartments and visitor hostels accounted for 9% and 8%, respectively.
  • There were 95,931 people employed by accommodation businesses; with nearly half (44%) employed as casuals. Room attendants was the largest occupation (28%).
  • Almost half (46%) of all accommodation businesses employed less than five people. These smaller businesses accounted for 11% of total income.

Around the nation:
  • The 1,976 businesses in New South Wales accounted for almost one third of total income (33%) and total employment (32%).
  • The 1,343 Victorian businesses accounted for 19% of income and 20% of total employment.
  • The 1,332 Queensland businesses accounted for almost a quarter of total income (24%) and total employment (23%).

More details are available in Accommodation Services, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8695.0).