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ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
June 2007 28 September 2007
September 2007 8 January 2008



ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

This publication presents results from the March 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.


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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED AND TREND

Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms

Key figures, Seasonally adjusted and trend - Australia

Mar Qtr
2006
Jun Qtr
2006
Sep Qtr
2006
Dec Qtr
2006
Mar Qtr
2007

Seasonally Adjusted
Takings from accommodation ('000)
1 632 140
1 680 990
1 685 748
1 785 694
1 806 882
Room occupancy rate (%)
64.1
64.6
63.5
65.3
66.3
Trend
Takings from accommodation ('000)
1 624 066
1 666 448
1 714 795
1 762 980
1 808 780
Room occupancy rate (%)
63.7
64.1
64.4
65.1
65.9


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 2007, it increased by 2.6% to $1,808.8 million compared with December quarter 2006.


In March Quarter 2007, the seasonally adjusted estimate of the total accommodation takings increased by 1.2% to $1,806.9 million compared with December 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 2007 (65.9%) increased by 0.8 percentage points over the December quarter 2006.


The seasonally adjusted estimate of the room occupancy rate increased by 1.0 percentage point to 66.3% in March quarter 2007 compared to December quarter 2006.

ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE(a), Seasonally adjusted and trend - Australia
Graph: Room Occupancy Rate(a), 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

March
Quarter
2006
June
Quarter
2006
September
Quarter
2006
December
Quarter
2006
March
Quarter
2007

Hotels Motels and Serviced Apartments with 5 to 14 rooms
Rooms (no.)
18 971
18 701
18 609
18 631
18 441
Room nights occupied ('000)
798.3
739.7
758.3
792.3
785.1
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
72 685
64 684
69 022
73 934
75 437
Room occupancy rate (%)
47.3
43.9
44.4
46.7
47.9
Average takings per room night occupied ($)
91.04
87.45
91.02
93.32
96.09
Hotels Motels and Serviced Apartments with 15 or more rooms
Rooms (no.)
212 598
213 035
213 768
215 172
215 763
Room nights occupied ('000)
12 225.5
11 748.7
12 829.8
13 161.0
12 833.8
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
1 649 208
1 526 511
1 740 492
1 866 614
1 832 321
Room occupancy rate (%)
64.2
60.9
65.3
66.9
66.6
Average takings per room night occupied ($)
134.90
129.93
135.66
141.83
142.77
Hotels Motels and Serviced Apartments with 5 or more rooms
Rooms (no.)
231 569
231 736
232 377
233 803
234 204
Room nights occupied ('000)
13 023.8
12 488.3
13 588.1
13 953.3
13 618.9
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
1 721 893
1 591 196
1 809 514
1 940 549
1 907 758
Room occupancy rate (%)
62.8
59.5
63.7
65.3
65.1
Average takings per room night occupied ($)
132.21
127.41
133.17
139.07
140.08


Accommodation takings

In March quarter 2007, accommodation takings for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms were $1,907.8 million. The average takings per room night occupied for these establishments were $140.08.


Accommodation takings for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms for March quarter 2007 were $1,832.3 million, at an average of $142.77 per room night occupied. For establishments with 5 to 14 rooms, accommodation takings were $75.4 million, at an average of $96.09 per room night occupied.


The contributions to accommodation takings in March quarter 2007 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms were highest in New South Wales ($642.1 million) and Queensland ($475.0 million).


Room occupancy rate

The room occupancy rate for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms was 65.1% in March quarter 2007.


For hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, the room occupancy rate was 66.6%, while for 5 to 14 room hotels, motels and serviced apartments, the room occupancy rate was 47.9%.

Room occupancy rate, Original - Australia
Graph: Room occupancy rate, Original—Australia



Room nights occupied

Total room nights occupied were 13.6 million in March quarter 2007 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms. Room nights occupied were highest in New South Wales (4.3 million) and Queensland (3.6 million).


For hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, room nights occupied were 12.8 million in March quarter 2007, 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 2007 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms was 2.3 days. For establishments with 15 or more rooms, the average length of stay was 2.3 days and 1.8 days for establishments with 5 to 14 rooms.


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 (2.6 days). The shortest average length of stay was in Tasmania (1.9 days).


Star grading

In March quarter 2007, the room occupancy rate for five-star hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms was 79.5% compared with 31.5% for one-star. For hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, the room occupancy rate was 79.7% for five-star establishments compared with 31.4% for one-star.


For establishments with 5 to 14 rooms, four-star (53.9%) and three-star (52.6%) establishments had the highest room occupancy rates, compared with one-star establishments at 31.5%.

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



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

Key figures, Original - Australia

Mar Qtr
2006
Jun Qtr
2006
Sep Qtr
2006
Dec Qtr
2006
Mar Qtr
2007

Caravan parks
Total caravan park capacity (no.)
237 490
236 872
235 476
235 169
234 588
Nights occupied ('000)
11 120
10 766
11 215
10 854
11 248
Site occupancy rate (%)
52.1
50.2
52.5
50.3
53.5
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
226 027
203 323
220 388
231 153
244 010
Holiday flats and units
Total units (no.)
28 714
28 281
27 941
28 230
28 546
Nights occupied ('000)
1 351
1 041
1 238
1 315
1 337
Unit occupancy rate (%)
52.4
40.5
48.4
50.8
52.2
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
156 184
108 196
140 168
157 995
161 209
Visitor hostels
Bed spaces (no.)
48 042
47 732
47 405
46 631
46 770
Guest nights ('000)
2 325
1 928
2 032
2 256
2 351
Bed occupancy rate (%)
54.1
44.6
46.9
53.2
56.3
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
53 337
45 136
49 155
55 751
57 361


Accommodation takings

In March quarter 2007, accommodation takings for caravan parks were $244.0 million, an increase of 8.0% compared with March quarter 2006. New South Wales ($94.4 million) had the highest accommodation takings for all caravan parks for March quarter 2007, contributing 38.7% of the total.


Accommodation takings for holiday flats, units and houses were $161.2 million in March quarter 2007, an increase of 3.2% compared with March quarter 2006. For visitor hostels, accommodation takings were $57.4 million, up 7.5% compared with March quarter 2006.


Occupancy rate

The site occupancy rate for all caravan parks in March quarter 2007 was 53.5%, an increase of 1.4 percentage points compared with March quarter 2006.


For holiday flats, units and houses, the unit occupancy rate was 52.2% in March quarter 2007, a decrease of 0.2 percentage points compared with March quarter 2006.


The bed occupancy rate for visitor hostels in March quarter 2007 was 56.3%, an increase of 2.2 percentage points compared with March quarter 2006. New South Wales (67.5%), Western Australia (62.7%) and Victoria (56.4%) had the highest bed occupancy rates for visitor hostels in March quarter 2007.


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