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This article examines characteristics of tourist accommodation in the ACT, looking at hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms. The data presents analysis over time (1999-2000 to 2004-05), as well as providing comparisons with other states, and national figures.
Number of bed spaces for tourist accommodation - percentage change from June quarter 2000 to June quarter 2005, by state
Tourist accommodation establishments in the ACT employed 2,472 people at June quarter 2005, 9% or 210 people more than in June quarter 2000. Nationally, there was a 2% decrease in the number of people employed in tourist accommodation for the same period.
Guest arrivals to the ACT in 2004-05 totalled 856,900; similar to the number in 1999-2000 (851,200). All other states and territories experienced increases and nationally, there was an increase of 17% in guest arrivals over the period.
Guest arrivals for tourist accommodation - percentage change 1999-2000 to 2004-05, by state
For 2004-05, the number of room nights occupied in ACT tourist accommodation establishments of 15 rooms and over was 1.2 million, an increase of 10% compared with 1999-2000 (1.1 million). This was the second lowest increase recorded for all states and territories over the period, and below the national increase of 16%.
In the ACT, takings from tourist accommodation increased from $111.4 million in 1999-2000 to $145.1 million in 2004-05, an increase of 30%. This was below the national increase of 38%.
Takings for ACT tourist accommodation, 1999-2000 to 2004-05
The room occupancy rate in ACT tourist accommodation was the highest for all states and territories for 2004-2005 (68.1%), 5.3 percentage points above the national rate (62.8%). This represented an increase of 5.1 percentage points for the ACT between 1999-2000 and 2004-2005.
Room occupancy rates for tourist accommodation - 1999-2000 to 2004-2005, by state
For 2004-2005, guests in tourist accommodation in the ACT stayed 2.3 days on average, unchanged from 1999-2000, and similar to the national average. Queensland (2.7 days) experienced the highest average number of days stayed for 2004-2005, of all states and territories.
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