1 This publication presents results in respect of the 2000-01 financial year, from an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) census of businesses in the business events venues industry.
2 For the purposes of this collection, the business events venue industry included:
businesses whose main activity was the provision of conference, convention and/or exhibition facilities, and
other businesses which provided conference, convention and/or exhibition facilities but which mainly sourced their income from the provision of another service (e.g. accommodation, provision of showground facilities, etc.).
3 These businesses had space to stage events for at least 500 delegates and had business events as their predominant events activity. For the purpose of the collection business events are defined as those of a commercial, financial, technological or scientific nature.
4 The scope of the census excludes businesses providing venues which have as their predominant events activity social and entertainment events.
5 The unit for which statistics are produced in this publication was:
an operating convention, conference and/or exhibition centre site for which separate, comprehensive accounts are maintained, or
an operating venue establishment of a hotel, resort, showground, casino, function centre, etc. providing events venues within the scope of the census (see paragraphs 2-4).
6 Data contained in the tables in this publication relate to businesses operating business events venues within the scope of the census (see paragraphs 2-4) which operated in Australia at any time during the year ended June 2001. Counts of businesses include only those businesses that were operating at 30 June 2001.
RELIABILITY OF THE DATA
7 Because the collection was a census, the data are not subject to sampling variability. However, other inaccuracies collectively referred to as non-sampling error may affect the data. These non-sampling errors may arise from a number of sources, including:
- errors in the reporting of data by respondents;
- errors in the capturing or processing of data;
- estimation for missing or misreporting data; and
8 Every effort has been made to reduce non-sampling error to a minumum by careful design and testing of questionnaires, efficient operating procedures and systems, and appropriate methodology.
9 ABS publications draw extensively on information provided freely by individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations. Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated; without it, the wide range of statistics published by the ABS would not be available. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act 1905.
- definition and classification errors.