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8635.0 - Tourist Accommodation, Australia, Mar 2010 Quality Declaration 
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

Accommodation with 15 rooms or more
Dec Qtr 09
Mar Qtr 10
Dec Qtr 09 to Mar Qtr 10
Mar Qtr 09 to Mar Qtr 10

Trend
Takings from accommodation ($m)
1 923.6
1 944.0
1.1 %
1.7 %
Room occupancy rate (%)
62.7
63.0
0.3 pts
0.5 pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Takings from accommodation ($m)
1 936.0
1 944.7
0.4 %
2.2 %
Room occupancy rate (%)
63.0
62.9
- 0.1 pts
0.5 pts


ACCOMMODATION TAKINGS, Australia
Graph: ACCOMMODATION TAKINGS, Australia

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




MARCH KEY POINTS


ACCOMMODATION TAKINGS
  • In the March 2010 quarter, the trend estimate of total accommodation takings for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms increased by 1.1% to $1,944.0 million compared with the December quarter 2009.
  • Over the same period, the seasonally adjusted estimate increased by 0.4% to $1,944.7 million.


ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE
  • The March quarter 2010 trend estimate room occupancy rate of 63.0% for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms was 0.3 percentage points higher than the previous quarter.
  • At 62.9%, the seasonally adjusted room occupancy rate was 0.1 percentage point below the December quarter 2009.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
June 2010 30 September 2010
September 2010 6 January 2011



ABOUT THIS ISSUE

This issue presents results from the March quarter 2010 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.


FORTHCOMING ISSUE CHANGES

The scope of the quarterly STA will be reduced from the September quarter 2010. The revised scope will cover hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, consistent with the scope of the quarterly STA prior to the March quarter 2005.

The Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (RET) has funded the expansion of the scope of the STA from the March quarter 2005 to the June quarter 2010. This funding will not be continued from the September quarter 2010, resulting in the following categories of establishments being excluded from the September quarter 2010 issue of this publication onwards:
  • hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 to 14 rooms
  • 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.

For further information, refer to the Information Paper: Future Changes to Tourist Accommodation, Australia, May 2010 (cat. no. 8635.0.55.003).


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.


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. Comparison between quarters should be made with caution.

Accommodation takings

In the March quarter 2010, accommodation takings were $2,053.2 million for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms, comprising $1,974.0 million for those establishments with 15 or more rooms and $79.3 million for those with 5 to 14 rooms.

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


Accommodation takings in March quarter 2010 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms were highest in New South Wales ($661.8 million) and Queensland ($464.4million).

For Australia, the March quarter 2010 average takings per room night occupied were $151.41 for establishments with 5 or more rooms. This was heavily influenced by hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms which contributed 96.1% of total takings, and had an average takings per room night occupied of $153.73. The average for 5 to 14 room establishments was $110.05.

Average takings (a), Australia
Graph: Average takings (a), Australia


Room occupancy rate

The room occupancy rate for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms was 62.2% in the March quarter 2010. For hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, the room occupancy rate was 63.4%, while demand for 5 to 14 room hotels, motels and serviced apartments was lower, as reflected by a room occupancy rate of 46.2%.

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


Room nights occupied

Room nights occupied were 13.6 million in the March quarter 2010 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 12.8 million in March quarter 2010, while for establishments with 5 to 14 rooms, room nights occupied were 0.7 million.

New South Wales contributed the highest proportion (32.6%) of room nights occupied for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, closely followed by Queensland at 24.7%.

Average length of stay

The average length of stay in March quarter 2010 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms was 2.3 days. For establishments with 5 to 14 rooms, the average length of stay has remained at 1.9 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 (2.5 days). Tasmania had the shortest average length of stay being 2.0 days.

Star grading

In the March quarter 2010, the room occupancy rate for five-star hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms was 75.0% compared with 25.6% for one-star establishments. For hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, the room occupancy rate was 75.3% for five-star establishments compared with 46.5% for five-star establishments with 5 to 14 rooms.

In the 5-14 rooms category, room occupancy rates in the March quarter 2010, three-star establishments had the highest rate with 50.5% and one-star establishments had the lowest at 32.2%.

Occupancy rates, Stargrading - March Qtr 2010
Graph: Occupancy rates, Stargrading—March Qtr 2010


In the March quarter 2010, the average takings per room night occupied for five-star hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms was $236.70 compared with $72.08 for establishments with one star. The corresponding March quarter 2010 average takings for establishments with 15 or more rooms was $236.52 for five-star establishments and $75.22 for one-star establishments.

In comparison, establishments with 5 to 14 rooms had the highest average takings per room night occupied for five-star establishments ($272.51), but lowest average takings per room night occupied for one-star establishments ($67.01).

Average takings (a), Star grading - March Qtr 2010
Graph: Average takings (a), Star grading—March Qtr 2010



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

Accommodation takings

In the March quarter 2010, accommodation takings for caravan parks were $299.5 million. Of this, New South Wales contributed the highest amount with $112.2 million or 37.5% of the Australian total for the quarter.

Short-term caravan park takings were $252.9 million in the March quarter 2010, 84.5% of total caravan park takings.

Accommodation takings for holiday flats, units and houses were $175.2 million in the March quarter 2010. Real estate takings accounted for 30.9% of total holiday flats, units and houses takings, the remainder were for other letting entities.

For visitor hostels, accommodation takings were $65.2 million in the March quarter 2010.

Occupancy rate

The site occupancy rate for all caravan parks in the March quarter 2010 was 54.9%. Short-term caravan park occupancy rate was 51.9% and long-term caravan park occupancy rate was 75.8%.

For holiday flats, units and houses, the unit occupancy rate was 48.7% in the March quarter 2010.

The bed occupancy rate for visitor hostels in Australia in the March quarter 2010 was 56.9%. New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia had the highest bed occupancy rates for the December quarter with 69.1%, 60.1% and 53.9% respectively.

Occupancy rates, Australia
Graph: Occupancy rates, Australia



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