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Short-term non-residential accommodation, which is in scope of the STA, is accommodation which is not leased, and which is provided to guests who would generally stay for periods of less than two months.
Some establishments also provide long-term residential accommodation.
DEFINITIONS OF ACCOMMODATION ESTABLISHMENTS
For 2003 the STA includes the following categories of establishments which provide predominantly short-term non-residential accommodation to the general public:
The ABS has collected data for holiday flats, units and houses, caravan parks and visitor hostels for all quarters in 2003.
The main source of coverage is from the Australian Automobile Association through AAA Tourism. This is supplemented by notification of new tourism developments and their likely opening dates in selected guides, major tourism journals and periodicals and newspapers. Periodic comparison with lists of accommodation establishments provided by the various tourism commissions and industry associations is also undertaken.
Data for guest arrivals are not collected for caravan parks. As a consequence there are no data available for average length of stay in caravan parks.
The survey does not have a sample component and 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:
Every effort has been made to reduce non-sampling error to a minimum by careful design and testing of questionnaires, and efficient operating procedures and systems used to compile statistics.
The response rates for 2003 were:
BREAK IN TIME SERIES
In the June Quarter 2003 the ABS identified 74 caravan parks which were operating in the March quarter 2003 but were not on the STA population frame. These caravan parks are included in the June, September and December quarter 2003 data, but not in the March quarter 2003 data.
The inclusion of these caravan parks has resulted in a break in time series between the March and June quarters 2003. The impact of this break in time series is explained in the Appendix. Particular care needs to be taken for all calculations of percentage changes that cross the break in series.
A similar break in series occurred in the hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments series. Detail of this break in series can be found in the December quarter 2003 issue of Tourist Accommodation, Australia cat. no. 8635.0.
TAKINGS FROM ACCOMMODATION
From 1 July 2000, takings from accommodation include gross revenue from the provision of accommodation, including GST. Takings from meals are excluded. Where businesses are unable to provide the data inclusive of GST, it is automatically adjusted by the ABS prior to aggregation and release in output.
Small area statistics for 2003 are classified to the Australia Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC), 2001 Edition cat. no. 1216.0. Data are coded to the statistical local area (SLA) level.
These SLA data are aggregated to tourism regions as defined by relevant state and territory tourist commissions. Tourism regions are reviewed annually and are subject to boundary and name changes. Where changes have occurred care should be taken when making comparisons with previously published data at this level.
Details of SLAs, the composition of tourism regions, major changes to tourism regions and outline maps of tourism regions are provided on the Tourism Theme Page of the ABS web site <www.abs.gov.au>.
EFFECTS OF ROUNDING
Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between totals and the sum of the component items.
Other ABS publications and products which may be of interest are outlined below. Please note, older publications may no longer be available through ABS bookshops but are available through ABS libraries. All publications released from 1998 onwards are available on the ABS web site <www.abs.gov.au> (charges apply).
Directory of Tourism Statistics, 2001 cat. no. 1130.0 (irregular)
Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia cat. no. 3401.0 (issued monthly)
Short-term Visitor Arrivals Estimates, Australia cat. no. 3401.0.55.001 (issued monthly)
Tourist Accommodation, Australia cat. no. 8635.0 (issued quarterly)
Electronic release Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data cat. no. 8635.n.55.001 (data cubes for each state/territory containing Tourism Region and Statistical Local Area level data - issued quarterly)
Tourism Indicators, Australia cat. no. 8634.0 (discontinued from September quarter 2002 - previously issued quarterly)
Current publications and other products released by the ABS are listed in the Catalogue of Publications and Products cat. no. 1101.0. The catalogue is available from any ABS office or the ABS web site <www.abs.gov.au>. The ABS also issues a daily Release Advice on the web site which details products to be released in the week ahead.
ABS DATA AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
As well as the statistics included in this publication, the ABS has other relevant data available on request. Inquiries should be made to the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.
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