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This article was published in Tourism Indicators, Australia, September 2001 (ABS Cat. No. 8634.0).

Serviced apartments and cabins in caravan parks are the significant growth areas in the supply of tourist accommodation. This article presents the latest establishment and capacity counts. Comparisons between the capital cities and their respective State/Territory are also included.

The accommodation types covered include:

  • Hotels, motels and guest houses with facilities and serviced apartment establishments with 5 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 5 flats, units or houses available for short-term letting;
  • Caravan parks with powered sites and/or cabins; and
  • Visitor hostels.

These counts are produced from a file supplied by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) and data collected by the Survey of Tourist Accommodation (STA).

The counts provide a snapshot of total accommodation supply and can be used to:
  • show the proportion of total accommodation measured by the STA in the States, Territories and Tourism Regions;
  • determine which accommodation types and geographic areas are experiencing growth; and
  • estimate the impact of smaller establishments upon accommodation activity in specific areas.

The STA collects statistics about holiday flats and units, caravan parks and visitor hostels for one year out of every three. These counts provide an update for these accommodation types.


HOTELS, MOTELS, GUEST HOUSES AND SERVICED APARTMENTS

Overview
The capacity of accommodation establishments in Australian capital cities is predominantly provided by 'large' establishments (those with 15 or more rooms). This applies to all accommodation types. The same pattern is evident outside capital cities but there is some variability across the States.

The number of hotels, motels, guest houses and serviced apartments increased 4% between December 1999 and September 2001. The number of 'small' establishments (those with between 5 and 14 rooms), outpaced growth in the number of 'large' establishments but the latter recorded stronger growth in capacity. The growth in the number of small establishments was driven by a 5% increase in 'small' motels.

Large serviced apartments recorded the biggest increase, a 12% increase in establishments and 17% increase in capacity. By contrast the number and capacity of small motels increased (up 5% and 4% respectively) while the capacity of motels with more than 15 rooms decreased 1%.

F1.1 Growth in establishments-Dec 1999-Sep 2001


F1.2 Growth in guest rooms-Dec 1999-Sep 2001


Most guest rooms in hotels, motels, guest houses and serviced apartments were concentrated in the capital cities.

In September 2001, large establishments accounted for 95% of guest rooms in hotels, 87% of guest rooms in motels and guest houses and 93% of guest rooms in serviced apartments.

F1.3 Proportion of total capacity-Establishments with 15 or more rooms


F1.6 Proportion of total capacity, establishments with 15 or more rooms


Licensed hotels with facilities

Large establishments provided most of the guest rooms in licensed hotels with facilities in September 2001. Large hotels accounted for 99% of available accommodation capacity in Sydney and Melbourne and at least 90% of capacity in every other capital city (see graph F1.3).

Large hotels provided a slightly smaller proportion of total capacity outside the capital cities. The 'rest of Victoria' showed the lowest proportion of capacity provided by large hotels (75%).

Motels and guest houses

Motels and guest houses showed a similar pattern to hotels, with most guest rooms provided by establishments with 15 or more rooms. The proportion of capacity provided by the larger motels and guest houses was comparatively low in Victoria and Tasmania outside the capital cities, but still accounted for 78% and 76% of total guest rooms in September 2001, respectively.
Tasmania had the smallest proportion of large motels and guest houses in September 2001. Just over half the motels and guest houses in Hobart had 15 or more rooms while 42% of motels and guest houses in the rest of Tasmania were this size (see table F1.5).

F1.5 Hotels, motels and guest houses-September 2001
Licensed hotels with facilities
Motels and guest houses

With 5-14 rooms


With 15 or more rooms


With 5-14 rooms


With 15 or more rooms

no.
% of total
no.
% of total
Total
no.
% of total
no.
% of total
Total

SYDNEY TOURISM REGION
Establishments
25
18.4
111
81.6
136
17
11.8
127
88.2
144
Guest rooms
225
1.1
20,938
98.9
21,163
188
2.3
7,853
97.7
8,041

REST OF NEW SOUTH WALES

Establishments
77
44.5
96
55.5
173
450
33.9
879
66.1
1,329
Guest rooms
730
14.5
4,299
85.5
5 029
4,632
15.4
25,388
84.6
30,020

MELBOURNE TOURISM REGION
Establishments
11
13.9
68
86.1
79
9
7.8
106
92.2
115
Guest rooms
103
1
10,367
99
10,470
98
2
4,781
98
4,879

REST OF VICTORIA
Establishments
80
53.7
69
46.3
149
315
44
401
56
716
Guest rooms
711
25.5
2,079
74.5
2,790
3,256
22.5
11,186
77.5
14,442

BRISBANE TOURISM REGION
Establishments
16
37.2
27
62.8
43
33
25.8
95
74.2
128
Guest rooms
161
4.2
3,707
95.8
3,868
303
7.5
3,736
92.5
4,039

REST OF QUEENSLAND
Establishments
93
38.6
148
61.4
241
261
37.9
428
62.1
689
Guest rooms
856
4.7
17,275
95.3
18,131
2,624
14.9
14,950
85.1
17,574

ADELAIDE TOURISM REGION
Establishments
22
51.2
21
48.8
43
5
8.9
51
91.1
56
Guest rooms
211
7.6
2,569
92.4
2,780
59
2.4
2,389
97.6
2,448

REST OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Establishments
29
40.8
42
59.2
71
64
40
96
60
160
Guest rooms
248
13.5
1,584
86.5
1,832
612
17.6
2,859
82.4
3,471

PERTH TOURISM REGION
Establishments
10
18.9
43
81.1
53
3
8.8
31
91.2
34
Guest rooms
104
1.8
5,737
98.2
5,841
25
1.4
1,781
98.6
1,806

REST OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Establishments
24
21.1
90
78.9
114
45
32.1
95
67.9
140
Guest rooms
241
5.7
4,014
94.3
4,255
400
9.4
3,845
90.6
4,245

HOBART TOURISM REGION
Establishments
13
54.2
11
45.8
24
18
48.6
19
51.4
37
Guest rooms
124
10.5
1,060
89.5
1,184
135
16.9
663
83.1
798

REST OF TASMANIA
Establishments
26
37.7
43
62.3
69
45
58.4
32
41.6
77
Guest rooms
236
11.3
1,858
88.7
2,094
343
23.8
1,101
76.2
1,444

DARWIN TOURISM REGION
Establishments
2
16.7
10
83.3
12
1
6.7
14
93.3
15
Guest rooms
21
2.3
876
97.7
897
14
1.4
954
98.6
968

REST OF NORTHERN TERRITORY
Establishments
6
31.6
13
68.4
19
8
18.2
36
81.8
44
Guest rooms
57
5.1
1,067
94.9
1,124
77
3.3
2,225
96.7
2 302

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Establishments
1
6.3
15
93.8
16
4
12.9
27
87.1
31
Guest rooms
11
0.6
1,906
99.4
1,917
48
2.6
1,802
97.4
1,850

AUSTRALIA
Establishments
435
35
807
65
1,242
1,278
34.4
2,437
65.6
3,715
Guest rooms
4,039
4.8
79,336
95.2
83,375
12,814
13
85,513
87
98,327

Serviced apartments

Most rooms available in serviced apartments were provided by large establishments. In September 2001 Victoria, excluding Melbourne, had the lowest proportion of guest rooms offered by establishments with 15 or more rooms (61%).


F1.6 Serviced apartments, September 2001
With 5-14 rooms
With 15 or more rooms
Total
no.
% of total
no.
% of total

SYDNEY TOURISM REGION
Establishments
8
11.0
65
89.0
73
Guest rooms
74
1.4
5,197
98.6
5,271

REST OF NEW SOUTH WALES
Establishments
80
51.6
75
48.4
155
Guest rooms
685
18.7
2,981
81.3
3,666

MELBOURNE TOURISM REGION
Establishments
8
10.4
69
89.6
77
Guest rooms
90
2.1
4,179
97.9
4,269

REST OF VICTORIA
Establishments
35
68.6
16
31.4
51
Guest rooms
300
38.7
475
61.3
775

BRISBANE TOURISM REGION
Establishments
5
9.6
47
90.4
52
Guest rooms
49
1.8
2,638
98.2
2,687

REST OF QUEENSLAND
Establishments
102
29.9
239
70.1
341
Guest rooms
1,032
8.3
11,379
91.7
12,411

ADELAIDE TOURISM REGION
Establishments
8
32.0
17
68.0
25
Guest rooms
87
8.7
917
91.3
1,004

REST OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Establishments
14
53.8
12
46.2
26
Guest rooms
126
23.5
410
76.5
536

PERTH TOURISM REGION
Establishments
4
12.1
29
87.9
33
Guest rooms
31
1.6
1,912
98.4
1,943

REST OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Establishments
16
26.7
44
73.3
60
Guest rooms
150
6.6
2,131
93.4
2,281

HOBART TOURISM REGION
Establishments
0
0
8
100.0
8
Guest rooms
0
0
425
100.0
425

REST OF TASMANIA
Establishments
16
47.1
18
52.9
34
Guest rooms
128
20.1
510
79.9
638

DARWIN TOURISM REGION

Establishments
3
23.1
10
76.9
13
Guest rooms
36
4.5
769
95.5
805

REST OF NORTHERN TERRITORY

Establishments
1
12.5
7
87.5
8
Guest rooms
10
2.6
382
97.4
392

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Establishments
0
0
20
100.0
20
Guest rooms
0
0
1,522
100.0
1,522

AUSTRALIA
Establishments
300
30.7
676
69.3
976
Guest rooms
2,798
7.2
35,827
92.8
38,625


Holiday flats, units and houses

Between December 1999 and September 2001 the number of holiday flats and units increased by 17% with an 11% increase in capacity.

Almost 80% of holiday flats, units and houses in September 2001 were available through the letting entities who have sole letting rights to at least 15 flats, units or houses. The exceptions were Western Australia (excluding Perth) and Tasmania (excluding Hobart), where less than half the holiday flats, units and houses were available through the larger letting entities (46% and 37% respectively). See graphs F1.8 and F1.9.

F1.7 Growth in establishments and capacity-holiday flats and


F1.8 Proportion of total capacity-holiday flats,units and houses let through letting entities managing 15 or more holiday flats, units or houses.

F1.9 Proportion of total capacity, holiday flats, units and houses let through letting entities managing 15 or more holiday flats, units and houses.

F1.10 HOLIDAY FLATS, UNITS AND HOUSES-September 2001
Letting entities
With 5-14
holiday flats, units, etc.
With 15 or more
holiday flats, units, etc.
Total
no.
% of total
no.
% of total

SYDNEY TOURISM REGION
Letting entities
15
51.7
14
48.3
29
Flats, units and houses
129
16.8
639
83.2
768

REST OF NEW SOUTH WALES
Letting entities
276
64.8
150
35.2
426
Flats, units and houses
2,199
21.1
8,220
78.9
10,419

MELBOURNE TOURISM REGION
Letting entities
2
33.3
4
66.7
6
Flats, units and houses
14
2.6
528
97.4
542

REST OF VICTORIA
Letting entities
154
83.7
30
16.3
184
Flats, units and houses
1,148
38.9
1,803
61.1
2,951

BRISBANE TOURISM REGION
Letting entities
26
55.3
21
44.7
47
Flats, units and houses
210
18.6
922
81.4
1,132

REST OF QUEENSLAND
Letting entities
376
48.5
399
51.5
775
Flats, units and houses
3,058
16.6
15,392
83.4
18,450

ADELAIDE TOURISM REGION
Letting entities
25
71.4
10
28.6
35
Flats, units and houses
177
33.0
360
67.0
537

REST OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Letting entities
41
80.4
10
19.6
51
Flats, units and houses
304
32.5
631
67.5
935

PERTH TOURISM REGION
Letting entities
17
60.7
11
39.3
28
Flats, units and houses
173
19.4
717
80.6
890

REST OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Letting entities
73
81.1
17
18.9
90
Flats, units and houses
614
54.3
516
45.7
1,130

HOBART TOURISM REGION
Letting entities
4
50.0
4
50.0
8
Flats, units and houses
30
24.8
91
75.2
121

REST OF TASMANIA
Letting entities
29
80.6
7
19.4
36
Flats, units and houses
228
62.8
135
37.2
363

DARWIN TOURISM REGION
Letting entities
2
40.0
3
60.0
5
Flats, units and houses
16
11.0
129
89.0
145

REST OF NORTHERN TERRITORY
Letting entities
1
50.0
1
50.0
2
Flats, units and houses
8
10.7
67
89.3
75

AUSTRALIAN CAPITALTERRITORY
Letting entities
1
16.7
5
83.3
6
Flats, units and houses
12
4.7
241
95.3
253

AUSTRALIA
Letting entities
1,042
60.3
686
39.7
1,728
Flats, units and houses
8,320
21.5
30,391
78.5
38,711



Caravan parks

Over the period December 1999 to September 2001 total caravan park capacity increased 21%. Growth in capacity for caravan parks with more than 40 powered sites was nearly double the growth in the capacity of smaller parks (see graph F1.11). Almost 92% of powered sites and cabins are provided by the larger caravan parks.

F1.11  Growth in capacity-Caravan Parks



New South Wales had the largest number of caravan parks (811 or 30%) in September 2001 and the greatest capacity, providing 89,465 (33%) of all powered sites and cabins.

F1.12 Proportion of capacity -Caravan parks with 40 or more powered sites


F1.13 Proportion of total capacity-Caravan Parks with 40 or more powered sites

F1.14 CARAVAN PARKS, September 2001
With fewer than 40 powered sites
With 40 or more powered sites
Total
no.
% of total
no.
% of total

SYDNEY TOURISM REGION
Establishments
9
20.5
35
79.5
44
Powered sites and cabins
227
4.7
4,595
95.3
4,822

REST OF NEW SOUTH WALES
Establishments
230
30.0
537
70.0
767
Powered sites and cabins
5,603
6.6
79,040
93.4
84,643

MELBOURNE TOURISM REGION
Establishments
4
13.8
25
86.2
29
Powered sites and cabins
103
3.3
3,033
96.7
3,136

REST OF VICTORIA
Establishments
163
28.9
401
71.1
564
Powered sites and cabins
4,230
7.1
55,645
92.9
59,875

BRISBANE TOURISM REGION
Establishments
21
25.6
61
74.4
82
Powered sites and cabins
527
5.8
8,552
94.2
9,079

REST OF QUEENSLAND
Establishments
229
42.6
309
57.4
538
Powered sites and cabins
5,508
13.8
34,509
86.2
40,017

ADELAIDE TOURISM REGION
Establishments
1
5.3
18
94.7
19
Powered sites and cabins
37
1.4
2,693
98.6
2,730

REST OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Establishments
68
33.8
133
66.2
201
Powered sites and cabins
1,658
8.6
17,704
91.4
19,362

PERTH TOURISM REGION
Establishments
2
6.3
30
93.8
32
Powered sites and cabins
57
1.5
3,837
98.5
3,894

REST OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Establishments
111
38.3
179
61.7
290
Powered sites and cabins
2,411
9.7
22,432
90.3
24,843

HOBART TOURISM REGION
Establishments
4
44.4
5
55.6
9
Powered sites and cabins
99
15.2
554
84.8
653

REST OF TASMANIA
Establishments
26
40.0
39
60.0
65
Powered sites and cabins
583
10.7
4,877
89.3
5,460

DARWIN TOURISM REGION
Establishments
4
17.4
19
82.6
23
Powered sites and cabins
103
3.5
2,846
96.5
2,949

REST OF NORTHERN TERRITORY
Establishments
30
49.2
31
50.8
61
Powered sites and cabins
708
11.5
5,434
88.5
6,142

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Establishments
0
0
4
100.0
4
Powered sites and cabins
0
0
1,014
100.0
1,014

AUSTRALIA
Establishments
902
33.1
1,826
66.9
2,728
Powered sites and cabins
21,854
8.1
246,765
91.9
268,619



Visitor hostels

Large visitor hostels (those with 25 or more bed spaces) provided 93% of bed spaces available in visitor hostels in Australia in September 2001. This compares to 93.6% in December 1999. The slight decrease is attributable to a 7% increase in capacity of large visitor hostels compared to a 19% increase for other hostels (see graph F1.15).

F1.15 Growth in establishments and capacity-Visitor hostels- Dec 99 - Sep 2001



In September 2001, there were 738 visitor hostels across Australia, with 45,979 bed spaces, an average of 62 beds per hostel.

F1.16 Proportion of total capacity-Visitor hostels with 25 or more bed spaces


F1.17 Proportion of total capacity-Visitor hostels with 25 or more bed spaces

F1.18 VISITOR HOSTELS, September 2001

With fewer than 25 bed spaces
With 25 or more bed spaces
Total

no.
% of total
no.
% of total

SYDNEY TOURISM REGION
Establishments
15
20.0
60
80.0
75
Bed spaces
230
3.5
6,366
96.5
6,596

REST OF NEW SOUTH WALES
Establishments
40
44.4
50
55.6
90
Bed spaces
517
11.9
3,833
88.1
4,350

MELBOURNE TOURISM REGION
Establishments
4
12.9
27
87.1
31
Bed spaces
55
1.9
2,911
98.1
2,966

REST OF VICTORIA
Establishments
50
53.2
44
46.8
94
Bed spaces
632
14.9
3,613
85.1
4,245

BRISBANE TOURISM REGION
Establishments
13
40.6
19
59.4
32
Bed spaces
157
8.1
1,775
91.9
1,932

REST OF QUEENSLAND
Establishments
32
18.9
137
81.1
169
Bed spaces
400
3.3
11,729
96.7
12,129

ADELAIDE TOURISM REGION
Establishments
6
31.6
13
68.4
19
Bed spaces
66
6.9
888
93.1
954

REST OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Establishments
28
65.1
15
34.9
43
Bed spaces
375
25.3
1,106
74.7
1,481

PERTH TOURISM REGION
Establishments
0
0
31
100.0
31
Bed spaces
0
0
2,117
100.0
2,117

REST OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Establishments
18
30.0
42
70.0
60
Bed spaces
279
9.6
2,614
90.4
2,893

HOBART TOURISM REGION
Establishments
4
33.3
8
66.7
12
Bed spaces
86
12.3
615
87.7
701

REST OF TASMANIA
Establishments
21
50.0
21
50.0
42
Bed spaces
327
20.0
1,309
80.0
1,636

DARWIN TOURISM REGION
Establishments
2
18.2
9
81.8
11
Bed spaces
26
1.9
1,323
98.1
1,349

REST OF NORTHERN TERRITORY
Establishments
4
16.7
20
83.3
24
Bed spaces
65
3.5
1,816
96.5
1,881

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Establishments
0
0
5
100.0
5
Bed spaces
0
0
749
100.0
749

AUSTRALIA
Establishments
237
32.1
501
67.9
738
Bed spaces
3,215
7.0
42,764
93.0
45,979

Information on the number and capacity of tourist accommodation establishments for specific Tourism Regions is available on request. Please contact Neil McKellar-Stewart on Queensland (07) 3222 6364 for more information.


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