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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Accommodation with 15 rooms or more
Sep Qtr 07
Dec Qtr 07
Sep Qtr 07
to Dec Qtr 07
Dec Qtr 06
to Dec Qtr 07

Trend
Takings from accommodation ($m)
1 881.7
1 919.8
2.0 %
8.9 %
Room occupancy rate (%)
65.7
65.5
-0.2 pts
0.3 pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Takings from accommodation ($m)
1 891.7
1 919.4
1.5 %
7.4 %
Room occupancy rate (%)
65.7
65.6
-0.1 pts
0.1 pts

Note: Hotels, motels and serviced apartments

ACCOMMODATION TAKINGS, Australia
Graph: ACCOMMODATION TAKINGS, Australia

ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE, Australia
Graph: ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE, Australia




DECEMBER KEY POINTS


ACCOMMODATION TAKINGS
  • In December quarter 2007, the estimate of total accommodation takings for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms increased by 2.0% to $1,919.8 million compared with September quarter 2007.
  • Over the same period, the seasonally adjusted estimate increased by 1.5% to $1,919.4 million.


ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE
  • The trend estimate of the room occupancy rate for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 65.5% for December quarter 2007 compared to September quarter 2007.
  • The trend room occupancy rate for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms has now been decreasing for two consecutive quarters. Growth in supply (rooms available) being greater than the growth in demand (rooms occupied) was the main factor in the decrease.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate decreased 0.1 percentage points to 65.6% for December quarter 2007 compared with September quarter 2007.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
March 2008 30 June 2008
June 2008 26 September 2008



ABOUT THIS ISSUE

This issue presents results from the December quarter 2007 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.


DATA NOTES

From the March quarter 2008 release of Survey of Tourist Accommodation (cat. no. 8635.0) the seasonally adjusted and trend estimates will be derived using autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) modelling. Adoption of ARIMA modelling will reduce the extent of revisions to the seasonally adjusted and trend estimates. For more information on the details of ARIMA modelling see feature article: Use of ARIMA modelling to reduce revisions in the October 2004 issue of Australian Economic Indicators (cat. no. 1350.0).


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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


ORIGINAL

Hotels, motels and serviced apartments

This summary contains key findings for original estimates. While trend and seasonally adjusted data are only available for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, original estimates have two additional data series comprising hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 to 14 rooms and 5 or more rooms.

Original series are impacted by seasonal variations and irregular or non-seasonal influences and comparisons between quarters should be made with caution.

Accommodation takings

In December quarter 2007, accommodation takings were $2,078.1 million for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms, comprising $2,000.6 million for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms and $77.5 million for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 to 14 rooms.

Accommodation takings in December quarter 2007 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms were highest in New South Wales ($650.2 million) and Queensland ($552.2 million).

Takings from accommodation, Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms - Australia
Graph: Takings from accommodation, Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms—Australia


The December quarter 2007 average takings per room night occupied were $146.89 for establishments with 5 or more rooms. This was heavily influenced by hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms which contribute 96.3% to total takings, and had an average takings per room night occupied of $149.75. The average for 5 to 14 room establishments was $98.36.

Average takings, Australia
Graph: Average takings, Australia


Room occupancy rate

The room occupancy rate for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms was 65.2% in December quarter 2007. For hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, the room occupancy rate was 66.8%, while demand for 5 to 14 room hotels, motels and serviced apartments was lower, as reflected by a room occupancy rate of 46.6%.

Room occupancy rate, Australia
Graph: Room occupancy rate, Australia


Room nights occupied

Room nights occupied were 14.1 million in December quarter 2007 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms. For hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, room nights occupied were 13.4 million in December quarter 2007, while for establishments with 5 to 14 rooms, room nights occupied were 0.8 million.

New South Wales contributed the highest proportion (31.1%) of occupied rooms for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, followed by Queensland at 28.0%.

Average length of stay

The average length of stay in December quarter 2007 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with both 5 or more rooms and 15 or more rooms was 2.2 days. For establishments with 5 to 14 rooms, the average length of stay was 1.8 days.

Queensland (2.7 days) reported the longest average length of stay for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, followed by Western Australia (2.4 days). The shortest average length of stay was in Tasmania (1.8 days).

Star grading

In December quarter 2007, the room occupancy rate for five-star hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms was 77.3% compared with 31.6% for one-star. For hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, the room occupancy rate was 77.6% for five-star establishments compared with 31.1% for one-star establishments.

In the 5-14 rooms category, three-star (51.7%) and four-star (51.1%) establishments had the highest room occupancy rates in December quarter 2007, compared with one-star establishments at 32.6%.

Room occupancy rate, Stargrading - December Qtr 2007
Graph: Room occupancy rate, Stargrading—December Qtr 2007


In December quarter 2007, the average takings per room night occupied for five-star hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms was $249.21 compared with $67.61 for one-star. In the 15 or more rooms category, the average takings was $249.15 for five-star establishments compared with $74.35 for one-star establishments.

For establishments with 5 to 14 rooms, five-star establishments had the highest average takings of $266.07, compared with one-star establishments at $54.65.

For the five-star category, average takings for establishments with 5 to 14 rooms was $16.92 higher than the average takings for the 15 or more room establishments in December quarter 2007.

Average takings(a), Star grading - December Qtr 07
Graph: Average takings(a), Star grading—December Qtr 07



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

Accommodation takings

In December quarter 2007, accommodation takings for caravan parks were $258.3 million. New South Wales ($95.0 million) had the highest accommodation takings for all caravan parks for December quarter 2007, contributing 36.8% of the total.

Short-term caravan park takings were $213.8 million in December quarter 2007 which was 82.8% of total caravan park takings.

Accommodation takings for holiday flats, units and houses were $176.5 million in December quarter 2007. Real estate takings accounted for 26.6% of total holiday flats, units and houses takings, the rest being for other letting entities.

For visitor hostels, accommodation takings were $58.7 million in December quarter 2007.

Occupancy rate

The site occupancy rate for all caravan parks in December quarter 2007 was 52.4%. Short-term caravan park occupancy was 48.8% and long-term caravan park occupancy was 77.5%.

For holiday flats, units and houses, the unit occupancy rate was 51.2% in December quarter 2007.

The bed occupancy rate for visitor hostels in December quarter 2007 was 52.5%. New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland had the highest bed occupancy rates for visitor hostels in December quarter 2007 with 62.8%, 57.2% and 55.0% respectively.

Occupancy rates, Australia
Graph: Occupancy rates, Australia



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