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8635.1.55.001 - Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, New South Wales, Mar 2003  
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INTRODUCTION

These data cubes present state/territory small area data from the quarterly Survey of Tourist Accommodation (STA). The STA is a mailout collection that completely enumerates all in-scope accommodation establishments. Survey results for Australia are published in Tourist Accommodation, Australia cat. no. 8635.0.

From the March quarter 1998, the scope and collection strategy for the STA were changed to include only significant accommodation establishments (these are defined below).

SCOPE

On a quarterly basis the STA includes hotels, resorts, motels, guest houses and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms or units.

For 2003 the scope of the STA has been expanded to also include:

  • holiday flats, units and houses of letting entities with 15 or more rooms or units
  • caravan parks with 40 or more powered sites
  • visitor hostels with 25 or more bed spaces.

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. For hotels, motels, guest houses and serviced apartments, the amount of such activity is considered to be insignificant and is included in the data presented in these data cubes.

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:
  • hotels and resorts with facilities - establishments with 15 or more rooms which are licensed to operate a public bar and which provide accommodation on a room/suite basis, with a bath/shower and toilet in most guest rooms, but which do not have full cooking facilities (i.e. hot plates and oven/microwave) in most guest rooms
  • motels, private hotels and guest houses with facilities - establishments with 15 or more rooms which are not licensed to operate a public bar, and which provide accommodation on a room/suite basis, with a bath/shower and toilet in most guest rooms, but which do not have full cooking facilities (i.e. hot plates and oven/microwave) in most guest rooms
  • serviced apartments - establishments with 15 or more units which mostly comprise self-contained units at the same location, and which are available on a unit/apartment basis to the general public for a minimum of one night. The units should have full cooking facilities (i.e. hot plates and oven/microwave), refrigerator and bath/shower and toilet facilities; all bed linen and towels should be provided, and daily servicing (i.e. cleaning and bed making) must be available through the on-site management, although this service may not necessarily be used
  • holiday flats, units and houses - (excluding establishments predominantly operated on a time-share basis) which are 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. They should be mainly self-contained in terms of cooking, bath (or shower) and toilet facilities and do not have breakfast available for guests. Data for holiday flats units or houses include short-term owner operation as well as paying guest occupation
  • caravan parks - establishments with 40 or more powered sites and cabins which provide either short-term or long-term accommodation to the general public and which provide powered sites for caravans and toilet, shower and laundry facilities for guests
  • visitor hostels - establishments with 25 or more bed spaces which provide accommodation to visitors on a bed basis (rather than by room). This category does not include establishments providing charity type accommodation (e.g. Salvation Army hostels) nor hotels, motels and guest houses without in-room facilities which provide accommodation on a per room basis.

COVERAGE

The main source of coverage is from the Australian Automobile Association through AAA Tourism and 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 QUALITY

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:
  • errors in the reporting of data by providers
  • errors in the process of capturing data
  • estimation for missing data
  • definition and classification errors
  • incomplete coverage.

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 March quarter 2003 response rates for each state/territory were:


State/territory
Licensed hotels
Motels and guest houses
Serviced Apartments
New South Wales
92.0
92.7
94.8
Victoria
94.0
91.9
92.4
Queensland
96.4
93.4
94.6
South Australia
95.4
93.9
94.3
Western Australia
91.5
96.1
97.6
Tasmania
88.7
83.9
96.9
Northern Territory
92.0
91.3
95.0
Australian Capital Territory
100.0
96.3
94.4


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.

REGIONAL DATA

Survey results are aggregated to tourism regions as defined by relevant state and territory tourist commissions or equivalent organisations. 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.

In the March quarter 2003, eight accommodation establishments within the Sydney Tourism Region moved into different statistical local areas as a result of improved geographic coding. While these have no nett effect on data for the Sydney Tourism Region, there are some changes to data for specific statistical local areas within the Sydney Tourism Region. These changes are:
  • Sydney (C) - Inner lost eight establishments
  • Sydney (C) - Remainder gained six establishments
  • South Sydney (C) gained one establishment
  • Leichhardt (A) gained one establishment.

Details of 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.

TREND AND SEASONALLY ADJUSTED

State/territory trend and seasonally adjusted data will be included in these data cubes from the June quarter 2003 data release.

ANNUAL CAPACITY DATA

ABS releases counts of accommodation establishments and their capacity on an annual basis in respect of the pre-1998 scope of the survey (but recognising serviced apartments separately) as follows:
  • hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments with facilities and having five or more rooms
  • holiday flats, units and houses (other than those included with serviced apartments) which are operated by owners, managers or real estate agents who have sole letting rights to at least five flats, units or houses for short term letting
  • all caravan parks regardless of size
  • all visitor hostels regardless of size.

As a result of classification changes applied from March quarter 1998 onward, data will not be comparable with that previously published for particular accommodation types.

These counts are published annually on the Tourism Theme Page of the ABS web site. Counts for calendar years prior to 2002 were published each year in a quarterly issue of Tourism Indicators, Australia cat. no. 8634.0 (discontinued).

EFFECTS OF ROUNDING

Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between totals and the sum of the component items.

RELATED PUBLICATIONS

Other ABS publications and products which may be of interest include:
Directory of Tourism Statistics, 2001 cat. no. 1130.0 (irregular)
Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia cat. no. 3401.0 (issued monthly)
Tourism Indicators, Australia cat. no. 8634.0 (discontinued from September quarter 2002 - previously issued quarterly)
Tourist Accommodation, Australia cat. no. 8635.0

Current publications and other products released by the ABS are listed in the Catalogue of Publications and Products, Australia (cat. no. 1101.0). The Catalogue is available from any ABS office or the ABS web site. 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 135 170.

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