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8635.0 - Tourist Accommodation, Australia, Jun 2006  
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
September 2006 9 January 2007
December 2006 30 March 2007



CYCLONE LARRY

Cyclone Larry occurred on 20 March 2006 in the Tropical North Queensland Tourism region. During the June quarter some establishments were temporarily closed as a result of the cyclone and reopened during the quarter. These closures had minimal impact on demand.



ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

This publication presents results from the June quarter 2006 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 OF FINDINGS


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED AND TREND

Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms

Key figures, Seasonally adjusted and trend - Australia

Jun Qtr 2005
Mar Qtr 2006
Jun Qtr 2006

Seasonally Adjusted
Room occupancy rate (%)
63.4
64.3
64.7
Takings from accommodation ('000)
1 543 475
1 635 113
1 682 645
Trend
Room occupancy rate (%)
63.1
63.9
64.7
Takings from accommodation ('000)
1 535 304
1 629 824
1 672 315


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 June quarter 2006, it increased by 2.6% to $1,672.3 million compared with March quarter 2006.


The seasonally adjusted estimate of the total accommodation takings rose by 2.9% to $1,682.6 million from March quarter 2006 to June 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 June quarter 2006 (64.7%) increased by 0.8 percentage points over the March quarter 2006.


The seasonally adjusted estimate of the room occupancy rate increased by 0.4 percentage points to 64.7% from March quarter 2006 to June quarter 2006.

ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE(a), Seasonally adjusted and trend - Australia
Graph: ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE, 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 Qtr 2006
June Qtr 2006

Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 to 14 rooms
Rooms (no.)
18 971
18 701
Room nights occupied ('000)
798.3
739.7
Room occupancy rate (%)
47.3
43.9
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
72 685
64 684
Average takings per room night occupied ($)
91.0
87.5
Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms
Rooms (no.)
212 598
213 035
Room nights occupied ('000)
12 225.5
11 748.7
Room occupancy rate (%)
64.2
60.9
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
1 649 208
1 526 511
Average takings per room night occupied ($)
134.9
129.9
Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms
Rooms (no.)
231 569
231 736
Room nights occupied ('000)
13 023.8
12 488.3
Room occupancy rate (%)
62.8
59.5
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
1 721 893
1 591 196
Average takings per room night occupied ($)
132.2
127.4


Accommodation takings

In June quarter 2006, accommodation takings for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms were $1,591.2 million. The average takings per room night occupied for these establishments were $127.41.


Accommodation takings for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms for June quarter were $1,526.5 million, at an average of $129.93 per room night occupied. For establishments with 5 to 14 rooms, accommodation takings were $64.7 million, at an average of $87.45 per room night occupied.


The contributions to accommodation takings in June quarter 2006 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms were highest in New South Wales ($510.5 million) and Queensland ($427.7 million).


Room occupancy rate

The room occupancy rate for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms was 59.5% in June quarter 2006.

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



For hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, the room occupancy rate was 60.9%, while for 5 to 14 room hotels, motels and serviced apartments, the room occupancy rate was 43.9%.


Room nights occupied

Total room nights occupied were 12.5 million in June quarter 2006 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms. Room nights occupied were highest in New South Wales (3.8 million) and Queensland (3.5 million).


For hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, room nights occupied were 11.7 million in June quarter 2006, while for establishments with 5 to 14 rooms, room nights occupied were 0.7 million.


Average length of stay

The average length of stay in June quarter 2006 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms was 2.2 days. For establishments with 5 to 14 rooms, the average length of stay for June quarter was 1.8 days.


Queensland (2.6 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 New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania (2.0 days).


Star grading

In June quarter 2006, the room occupancy rate for five-star hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms was 70.9% compared with 30.3% for one-star. For hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, the room occupancy rate was 71.1% for five-star establishments compared with 31.1% for one-star.


For establishments with 5 to 14 rooms, three-star (48.3%) and four-star (46.5%) establishments had the highest room occupancy rates, compared with one-star establishments at 28.8%.

ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE, Star grading - June Qtr 2006
Graph: ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE, Star grading—June Qtr 2006



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

Key figures, Australia

Mar Qtr 2006
Jun Qtr 2006

Caravan parks
Capacity (no.)
237 490
236 872
Site nights occupied ('000)
11 120
10 766
Site occupancy rate (%)
52.1
50.2
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
226 027
203 323
Holiday flats, units and houses
Capacity (no.)
28 714
28 281
Unit nights occupied ('000)
1 351
1 041
Unit occupancy rate (%)
52.4
40.5
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
156 184
108 196
Visitor hostels
Capacity (no.)
48 042
47 732
Guest nights occupied ('000)
2 325
1 928
Bed occupancy rate (%)
54.1
44.6
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
53 337
45 136


Accommodation takings

In June quarter 2006, accommodation takings for caravan parks were $203.3 million. New South Wales ($66.7 million) had the highest accommodation takings for all caravan parks for June quarter 2006.


Short-term caravan park accommodation takings were $168.3 million in June quarter 2006, while takings for long-term caravan parks were $35.0 million in that quarter.


Accommodation takings for holiday flats, units and houses were $108.2 million in June quarter 2006. For visitor hostels, accommodation takings were $45.1 million.


Occupancy rate

The site occupancy rate for all caravan parks in June quarter 2006 was 50.2%. Short-term caravan park site occupancy rates were 46.8%, while the rate for long-term caravan parks was 73.6% in June quarter 2006.


For holiday flats, units and houses, the unit occupancy rate was 40.5% in June quarter 2006.


The bed occupancy rate for visitor hostels in June quarter 2006 was 44.6%. Queensland (53.9%), Western Australia (49.4%) and New South Wales (46.6%) had the highest bed occupancy rates for visitor hostels in June quarter 2006.


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