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ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

This publication presents results from the March quarter 2005 Survey of Tourist Accommodation (STA) for the following categories of establishments. These establishments provide predominantly short-term non-residential accommodation to the general public:

  • hotels and resorts with facilities and 15 or more rooms
  • motels, private hotels and guest houses with facilities and 15 or more rooms
  • serviced apartments with 15 or more units.


CHANGES IN SCOPE

The scope of the quarterly STA was expanded from March quarter 2005. This takes the form of a reduction in the size cut-off for hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments from 15 rooms to 5 rooms. The scope also includes caravan parks with 40 or more powered sites, visitor hostels with 25 or more bed spaces, and holiday flats and units with 15 or more units (see paragraphs 2-6 of the Explanatory Notes).


First results from the expanded scope will be included in the June quarter 2005 issue. This issue will present results from the March and June quarters 2005, after which results will be published quarterly.



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

The March quarter 2005 results include an additional 174 establishments with 15 rooms or more which were identified as a part of the expansion of the survey. The inclusion of these establishments has added approximately 0.9% to the level of takings from accommodation. Full details are provided in paragraphs 7-10 of the Explanatory Notes.



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SUMMARY OF FINDINGS


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED AND TREND

Seasonally adjusted and trend key figures, Licensed hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments - Australia

Mar Qtr 2004
Dec Qtr 2004
Mar Qtr 2005

Seasonally Adjusted
Room occupancy rate (%)
61.3
62.0
63.2
Takings from accommodation ('000)
1,370,389
1,441,162
1,496,568
Trend
Room occupancy rate (%)
61.8
62.5
62.9
Takings from accommodation ('000)
1,402,887
1,458,687
1,483,010


Accommodation takings

The trend estimate of the total accommodation takings for licensed hotels with facilities, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined continued to increase. In March quarter 2005, it increased by 5.7% to $1,483.0 million compared with March quarter 2004.


The seasonally adjusted estimate of the total accommodation takings rose by 9.2% to $1,496.6 million from March quarter 2004 to March quarter 2005.

ACCOMMODATION TAKINGS(a), Seasonally adjusted and Trend - Australia
Graph: ACCOMMODATION TAKINGS(a), Seasonally adjusted and Trend—Australia



Room occupancy rate

The trend estimate of the room occupancy rate for licensed hotels with facilities, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined rose by 1.1 percentage points from 61.8% in March quarter 2004 to 62.9% in March quarter 2005. This rate has been increasing since the September quarter 2003.


The seasonally adjusted estimate of the room occupancy rate increased by 1.9 percentage points to 63.2% from March quarter 2004 to March quarter 2005.

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




ORIGINAL

Original Key Figures, Australia

Mar Qtr 2004
Dec Qtr 2004
Mar Qtr 2005

Licensed hotels with facilities
Rooms (no.)
78,474
78,574
79,114
Room nights occupied ('000)
4,798.4
5,035.1
4,908.5
Room occupancy rate (%)
67.3
70.0
69.7
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
691,864
749,901
749,365
Average takings per room night occupied ($)
144.2
148.9
152.7
Motels and guest houses
Rooms (no.)
84,903
85,185
86,060
Room nights occupied ('000)
4,137.2
4,330.7
4,240.0
Room occupancy rate (%)
53.7
55.6
55.4
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
386,199
412,426
413,752
Average takings per room night occupied ($)
93.3
95.2
97.6
Serviced apartments
Rooms (no.)
40,734
41,736
43,848
Room nights occupied ('000)
2,480.9
2,628.6
2,692.8
Room occupancy rate (%)
67.0
68.6
68.4
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
320,510
350,702
362,213
Average takings per room night occupied ($)
129.2
133.4
134.5
Total
Rooms (no.)
204,111
205,495
209,022
Room nights occupied ('000)
11,416.5
11,994.4
11,841.3
Room occupancy rate (%)
61.6
63.7
63.6
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
1,398,573
1,513,029
1,525,330
Average takings per room night occupied ($)
122.5
126.1
128.8


Accommodation takings

In March quarter 2005, accommodation takings for licensed hotels with facilities, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined were $1,525.3 million. This was an increase of 9.1% ($126.8 million) from March quarter 2004. The average takings per room night occupied for licensed hotels with facilities, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined was $128.80.


Licensed hotels with facilities were the highest contributor to accommodation takings with $749.4 million (49.1%). Average takings per room night occupied in March quarter 2005 were highest for licensed hotels with facilities at $152.70.

Accommodation takings(a), Original - Australia
Graph: Accommodation takings(a), Original—Australia



The contributions of accommodation takings in March quarter 2005 for licensed hotels with facilities, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined were highest in New South Wales (34.9%) and Queensland (25.3%) and lowest in the Northern Territory (2.0%).


Room nights occupied

Total room nights occupied were 11.8 million in March quarter 2005 for licensed hotels with facilities, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined. Room nights occupied increased by 3.7% (0.4 million) from March quarter 2004 to March quarter 2005.


Licensed hotels with facilities represented 4.9 million (41.5%) of the total room nights occupied, while motels and guest houses represented 4.2 million (35.8%) and serviced apartments represented 2.7 million (22.7%).


Room occupancy rate

The room occupancy rate for licensed hotels with facilities, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined increased 2.0 percentage points to 63.6% in March quarter 2005 compared with March quarter 2004.


Tasmania recorded the highest room occupancy rate for licensed hotels with facilities, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined with 72.8%. This was followed by Victoria (66.3%) and Australian Capital Territory (66.2%).

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



Star grading

The room occupancy rate increases with star grading, with five-star establishments recording the highest rate and one-star recording the lowest. In March quarter 2005, the room occupancy rate for five-star establishments was 74.5% compared with 32.0% for one-star.

STAR GRADING, Room occupancy rate - Australia
Graph: STAR GRADING, Room occupancy rate—Australia



While the national room occupancy rate for five-star establishments remained stable compared with December quarter 2004, the rate showed increases in New South Wales (from 78.5% to 81.9%) and Victoria (from 78.5% to 82.4%), and decreases in Queensland (from 69.7% to 64.3%) and Western Australia (from 71.8% to 69.2%) over this period.

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