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8635.0 - Tourist Accommodation, Australia, Mar 2006  
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
June 2006 29 September 2006
September 2006 9 January 2007



CYCLONE LARRY

Cyclone Larry occurred on 20 March 2006 in the Far North Queensland Tourism region. The impact on demand for accommodation for the March quarter 2006 was not significant.



MELBOURNE COMMONWEALTH GAMES

The Melbourne Commonwealth games, held in the March quarter 2006 had minimal impact on the room occupancy rate at the national level. The effect of the Commonwealth games was consistent with demand patterns for the Sydney Olympic games.



ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

This publication presents results from the March quarter 2006 Survey of Tourist Accommodation (STA) for the following categories of establishments:

  • licensed hotels and resorts with facilities and 5 or more rooms
  • motels, private hotels and guest houses with facilities and 5 or more rooms
  • serviced apartments with 5 or more units
  • caravan parks with 40 or more powered sites
  • holiday flats, units and houses of letting entities with 15 or more rooms or units
  • visitor hostels with 25 or more bed spaces.


INQUIRIES

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SUMMARY OF FINDINGS


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED AND TREND

Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms

Key figures, Seasonally adjusted and trend - Australia

Mar Qtr 2005
Dec Qtr 2005
Mar Qtr 2006

Seasonally Adjusted
Room occupancy rate (%)
63.3
62.7
64.2
Takings from accommodation ('000)
1 497 459
1 570 818
1 630 514
Trend
Room occupancy rate (%)
63.0
63.1
63.5
Takings from accommodation ('000)
1 498 211
1 589 427
1 613 963


Accommodation takings

The trend estimate of the total accommodation takings for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms continued to increase. In March quarter 2006, it increased by 1.5% to $1,614.0 million compared with December quarter 2005.


The seasonally adjusted estimate of the total accommodation takings rose by 3.8% to $1,630.5 million from December quarter 2005 to March quarter 2006.

ACCOMMODATION TAKINGS, Seasonally adjusted and trend - Australia
Graph: ACCOMMODATION TAKINGS, Seasonally adjusted and trend—Australia



Room occupancy rate

The trend estimate of the room occupancy rate for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms for the March quarter 2006 (63.5%) increased by 0.4 percentage points over the December quarter 2005.


The seasonally adjusted estimate of the room occupancy rate increased by 1.5 percentage points to 64.2% from December quarter 2005 to March quarter 2006.

ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE(a), Seasonally adjusted and trend - Australia
Graph: ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE, Seasonally adjusted and trend—Australia



Seasonally adjusted and trend data are not yet available for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 to 14 rooms or 5 or more rooms.



ORIGINAL

Hotels, motels and serviced apartments

The original estimates are impacted by seasonal variations and irregular or non-seasonal influences. Comparisons between quarters should be made with caution.

Key figures, Original - Australia

December Qtr 2005
March Qtr 2006

Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 to 14 rooms
Rooms (no.)
19 293
18 971
Room nights occupied ('000)
807.5
798.3
Room occupancy rate (%)
46.0
47.3
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
71 657
72 685
Average takings per room night occupied ($)
88.7
91.0
Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms
Rooms (no.)
212 784
212 598
Room nights occupied ('000)
12 543.5
12 225.5
Room occupancy rate (%)
64.5
64.2
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
1 650 876
1 649 208
Average takings per room night occupied ($)
131.6
134.9
Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms
Rooms (no.)
232 077
231 569
Room nights occupied ('000)
13 351.0
13 023.8
Room occupancy rate (%)
63.0
62.8
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
1 722 533
1 721 893
Average takings per room night occupied ($)
129.0
132.2


Accommodation takings

In March quarter 2006, accommodation takings for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms were $1,721.9 million. The average takings per room night occupied for these establishments were $132.21.


Accommodation takings for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms for March quarter were $1,649.2 million, at an average of $134.90 per room night occupied. For establishments with 5 to 14 rooms, accommodation takings were $72.7 million, at an average of $91.05 per room night occupied.


The contributions to accommodation takings in March quarter 2006 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms were highest in New South Wales ($574.5 million) and Queensland ($434.2 million).


Room occupancy rate

The room occupancy rate for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms was 62.8% in March quarter 2006.

Room occupancy rate(a), Original - Australia
Graph: Room occupancy rate, Original—Australia



For hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, the room occupancy rate was 64.2%, while for 5 to 14 room hotels, motels and serviced apartments, the room occupancy rate was 47.3%.


Room nights occupied

Total room nights occupied were 13.0 million in March quarter 2006 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms. Room nights occupied were highest in New South Wales (4.1 million) and Queensland (3.5 million).


For hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, room nights occupied were 12.2 million in March quarter 2006, while for establishments with 5 to 14 rooms, room nights occupied were 0.8 million.


Average length of stay

The average length of stay in March quarter 2006 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms was 2.3 days. For establishments with 5 to 14 rooms, the average length of stay for March quarter was 1.8 days.


Queensland (2.8 days) reported the longest average length of stay for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, followed by the Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia (2.4 days). The shortest average length of stay was in Tasmania and Northern Territory (2.0 days).


Star grading

In March quarter 2006, the room occupancy rate for five-star hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms was 75.1% compared with 30.0% for one-star. For hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, the room occupancy rate was 75.2% for five-star establishments compared with 29.1% for one-star.


For establishments with 5 to 14 rooms, three-star (51.8%) and four-star (51.6%) establishments had the highest room occupancy rates, compared with one-star establishments at 31.7%.

ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE, Star grading - March Qtr 2006
Graph: ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE, Star grading—March Qtr 2006



Caravan parks, holiday flats, units and houses, and visitor hostels

Key figures, Australia

Dec Qtr 2005
Mar Qtr 2006

Caravan parks
Capacity (no.)
237 328
237 490
Site nights occupied ('000)
10 879
11 120
Site occupancy rate (%)
50.1
52.1
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
213 168
226 027
Holiday flats, units and houses
Capacity (no.)
28 392
28 714
Unit nights occupied ('000)
1 343
1 351
Unit occupancy rate (%)
51.6
52.4
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
150 755
156 184
Visitor hostels
Capacity (no.)
48 332
48 042
Guest nights occupied ('000)
2 110
2 325
Bed occupancy rate (%)
47.6
54.1
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
49 893
53 337


Accommodation takings

In March quarter 2006, accommodation takings for caravan parks were $226.0 million. New South Wales ($89.3 million) had the highest accommodation takings for all caravan parks for March quarter 2006.


Short-term caravan park accommodation takings were $189.2 million in March quarter 2006, while takings for long-term caravan parks were $36.8 million in that quarter.


Accommodation takings for holiday flats, units and houses were $156.2 million in March quarter 2006. For visitor hostels, accommodation takings were $53.3 million.


Occupancy rate

The site occupancy rate for all caravan parks in March quarter 2006 was 52.1%. Short-term caravan park site occupancy rates were 48.5%, while the rate for long-term caravan parks was 76.6% in March quarter 2006.


For holiday flats, units and houses, the unit occupancy rate was 52.4% in March quarter 2006.


The bed occupancy rate for visitor hostels in March quarter 2006 was 54.1%. New South Wales (64.2%), Queensland (56.6%) and Western Australia (56.4%) had the highest bed occupancy rates for visitor hostels in March quarter 2006.


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