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8635.0.55.001 - Tourist Accommodation, Expanded Scope Collection, Australia, 2003  
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BREAK IN TIME SERIES

The addition of 74 caravan parks has resulted in a break in time series between the March and June quarters 2003 for caravan park data. The impact of the break in time series is explained in the Appendix. There has been no impact on holiday flats, units and houses or visitor hostel data.

Particular care needs to be taken when calculating percentage changes for caravan parks between the March and June quarter 2003. Where appropriate the effect of the break is taken into account in the analysis below.

KEY FIGURES

KEY FIGURES, Australia-2003

Mar Qtr
Jun Qtr
Sep Qtr
Dec Qtr
HOLIDAY FLATS, UNITS AND HOUSES
Flats, units and houses available (no.)
28,096
27,459
27,294
28,010
Unit nights occupied ('000)
1,377.3
1,089.4
1,313.3
1,389.8
Unit occupancy rate (%)
54.5
43.7
52.5
54
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
140,558
95,000
119,286
147,481
CARAVAN PARKS (a)
Sites, cabins, flats, units and villas available (no.)
240,158
241,823
240,911
242,178
Site nights occupied ('000)
11,365
11,244.2
11,557.1
11,191.3
Site occupancy rate (%)
52.9
51.4
52.8
50.4
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
189,000
175,947
190,715
198,556
VISITOR HOSTELS
Bed spaces available (no.)
50,376
49,762
48,578
48,588
Guest nights ('000)
2,148.3
1,964.3
1,946
2,197.6
Bed occupancy rate (%)
47.8
43.9
44.2
49.7
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
46,024
40,544
41,347
47,995

(a) Break in series between the March and June quarters 2003. See Appendix for details.


ACCOMMODATION TAKINGS

Holiday flats and units

Takings from accommodation for holiday flats, units and houses in Australia during 2003 was $502.3 million. December quarter 2003 had the highest takings from accommodation for 2003 with $147.5 million. This was 29.4% of annual accommodation takings for 2003 for holiday flats, units and houses.
TAKINGS FROM ACCOMMODATION, Holiday flats and units-Australia

Graph: TAKINGS FROM ACCOMMODATION, Holiday flats and units-Australia


Caravan parks

Total takings from accommodation for caravan parks was $754.2 million in 2003. Please note the break in time series which is explained in the Appendix. The highest takings from accommodation for 2003 was recorded in the December quarter ($198.6 million). This was 26.3% of annual accommodation takings for 2003 for caravan parks.
TAKINGS FROM ACCOMMODATION (a), Caravan parks-Australia
Graph: TAKINGS FROM ACCOMMODATION (a), Caravan parks-Australia
Visitor hostels

Takings from accommodation for visitor hostels during 2003 was $175.9 million. December quarter 2003 recorded the highest takings from accommodation for visitor hostels in 2003 ($48.0 million). This was 27.3% of total visitor hostel takings in 2003.
TAKINGS FROM ACCOMMODATION, Visitor hostels-Australia
Graph: TAKINGS FROM ACCOMMODATION, Visitor hostels-Australia

OCCUPANCY RATE

Holiday flats, units and houses

The unit occupancy rates in the March and June quarters 2003 were similar to those recorded in the March and June quarters 2000. September quarter 2003 and December quarter 2003 recorded increases of 3.3 percentage points and 1.9 percentage points respectively compared with the same quarters in 2000.
UNIT OCCUPANCY RATE, Holiday flats, Units and Houses-Australia
Graph: UNIT OCCUPANCY RATE, Holiday flats, Units and Houses-Australia

Caravan parks

The site occupancy rate, being derived from number of sites and number of nights occupied, is not subject to a break in series. This is explained in the Appendix. March quarter 2003, with 52.9%, recorded the highest site occupancy rate for caravan parks in 2003. The lowest rate was recorded in the December quarter 2003 (50.4%). Compared with the same quarter of 2000, the largest increase in site occupancy rate for caravan parks was in the September quarter 2003 (3.2 percentage points).
UNIT OCCUPANCY RATE (a), Caravan parks-Australia
Graph: UNIT OCCUPANCY RATE (a), Caravan parks-Australia

Visitor hostels

The highest bed occupancy rate for visitor hostels in 2003 was recorded in the December quarter (49.7%). With the exception of the December quarter 2003, all quarters of 2003 recorded bed occupancy rates which were less than the same quarter in 2000. The largest fall between 2000 and 2003 was in the June quarter (5.0 percentage points).
UNIT OCCUPANCY RATE, Visitor hostels-Australia
Graph: UNIT OCCUPANCY RATE, Visitor hostels-Australia


NOTES

INTRODUCTION

This publication presents results from the quarterly Survey of Tourist Accommodation (STA). Data presented are for holiday flats, units and houses, caravan parks and visitor hostels for the four quarters of 2003. Data are also available for the four quarters of 2000.

The scope of the regular, annual STA includes hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms.

For the four quarters of 2003 the scope of the STA was expanded to include:
  • holiday flats, units and houses of letting entities with 15 or more rooms or units
  • caravan parks with 40 or more powered sites
  • visitor hostels with 25 or more bed spaces.

Expanded Scope Small Area Data for each state/territory can be found in Supplementary Data Cubes 8635.1.55.001 - 8635.8.55.001 on the ABS web site. These Data Cubes contain data at the Tourism Region and Statistical Local Area level.

BREAK IN TIME SERIES

The inclusion of 74 caravan parks resulted in a break in time series between the March and June quarters 2003. The impact of the break in time series is explained in the Appendix. Particular care needs to be taken for all calculations of percentage changes that cross the break in series.

DATA REVISIONS

March quarter 2003 data were originally released in July 2003 and subsequently revised in October 2003. Some of these data have been further revised in this publication.

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