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8635.0 - Tourist Accommodation, Australia, Mar 2003  
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SUPPLEMENTARY TABLES (SURVEY OF TOURIST ACCOMMODATION DATA FOR HOLIDAY FLATS, UNITS AND HOUSES, CARAVAN PARKS AND VISITOR HOSTELS)


MAIN FEATURES

MARCH QUARTER KEY FIGURES
Mar qtr 2002
Mar qtr 2003
change

Licensed hotels
Rooms available (no.)
78,163.0
77,477.0
-0.9
%
Room nights occupied ('000)
4,390.4
4,458.1
1.5
%
Room occupancy rate (%)
62.4
64.0
1.6
pts
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
607,768.0
621,398.7
2.2
%
Takings per room night occupied ($)
138.4
139.4
1.0
$
Motels and guest houses
Rooms available (no.)
84,284.0
83,931.0
-0.4
%
Room nights occupied ('000)
3,967.8
3,922.3
-1.1
%
Room occupancy rate (%)
52.3
51.9
-0.4
pts
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
354,022.8
355,980.7
0.6
%
Takings per room night occupied ($)
89.2
90.8
1.6
$
Serviced apartments
Rooms available (no.)
35,412.0
36,070.0
1.9
%
Room nights occupied ('000)
2,070.2
2,120.3
2.4
%
Room occupancy rate (%)
65.0
65.4
0.4
pts
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
252,200.6
267,305.2
6.0
%
Takings per room night occupied ($)
121.8
126.1
4.3
$


ACCOMMODATION TAKINGS

Total accommodation takings for March quarter 2003 were $1,245 million. This was an increase of 2.5% over the same quarter in the previous year. The serviced apartments sector had the strongest growth with a 6.0% increase in accommodation takings in March quarter 2003 compared to March quarter 2002. Hotel takings increased by 2.2% and motels and guest houses increased by 0.6% over the same period.

Graph - Accommodation takings, Quarterly-Australia



ROOM NIGHTS OCCUPIED

Room nights occupied for hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined were 10.5 million for the March quarter 2003. This was a 0.7% increase on March quarter 2002. Serviced apartments had the strongest growth of the three sectors with a 2.4% increase in room nights occupied in the March quarter 2002 compared to March quarter 2003. Over the same period room nights occupied in hotels increased by 1.5% while motels and guest houses decreased by 1.2%.


ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE

Total room occupancy rates increased 0.5 percentage points from 58.6% in the March quarter 2002 to 59.1% in the March quarter 2003. The hotel occupancy rate increased from 62.4% in the March quarter 2002 to 64.0% in the March quarter 2003. The occupancy rate for motels and guest houses recorded a slight decrease, while serviced apartments recorded a slight increase.

Room Occupancy Rates, Quarterly, Australia



STATE AND TERRITORY

Tasmania (16.9%),WesternAustralia (7.4%),Victoria (3.3%) and Queensland (3.3%) each recorded an increase in accommodation takings for March quarter 2003 compared to March quarter 2002 that was greater than the national increase (2.5%). New South Wales and the Northern Territory each recorded a decrease during this period.


NOTES


INTRODUCTION

This publication presents results from the quarterly Survey of Tourist Accommodation (STA). The scope of the regular survey is hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms.

For the four quarters of 2003 the scope of the STA has been expanded from the regular inclusions of hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, to include:
  • holiday flats, units and houses operated by owners, managers or real estate agents who have sole letting rights to at least 15 flats, units or houses for short term letting
  • caravan parks with 40 or more powered sites or cabins
  • visitor hostels with 25 or more bed spaces.


THIS ISSUE

Results from hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments are included in this publication. Originally, results from holiday flats, units and houses, caravan parks and visitor hostels were to be included in this publication, however the need to assure the quality of data from a large number of new respondents has delayed the availability of these results. These will now be released on 25 July 2003 on the ABS web site (and will be available free of charge).


FUTURE ISSUES

Summary trend and seasonally adjusted data will be included in future publications, commencing with the June quarter 2003 issue.


DATA QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS

The ABS has established improved procedures for frame maintenance. These procedures have identified a number of hotels, motels, guest houses and serviced apartments which have been operating for a number of quarters but are not currently on the STA frame. These additional establishments will be included in the STA from the June quarter 2003. Historical data will be revised to include these establishments.

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