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Feature Article - Survey of tourist accommodation break in time series


INTRODUCTION

The ABS has identified 132 hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments which have been operating for a number of quarters but were not on the Survey of Tourist Accommodation (STA) frame. These additional establishments have been included in the STA from the June quarter 2003.

The addition of the 132 tourism establishments has resulted in a break in time series between the March and June quarters 2003. The impact of the break in time series is explained in the Appendix of the June quarter 2003 national publication of the STA (Tourist Accommodation, Australia cat. no. 8635.0).

A link to the Appendix of that publication can be found HERE.

The information contained in this feature article is supplementary to that included in the Appendix of the June quarter 2003 publication.

FACTORS

As detailed in the Appendix, the ABS has developed factors which can be used to adjust the level of the series prior to June quarter 2003 to take account of the missing 132 establishments. There factors should be used when calculating percentage changes over time.

The factors were calculated by dividing June quarter 2003 figures including the 132 additional establishments, by the June quarter 2003 figures excluding the additional establishments.

Most of these factors are contained in the Appendix of the June quarter 2003 publication, however additional factors have been created for selected states. These factors can be used for the series 'Rest of state (excluding capital city)'. Factors at this level are only releasable for the states of: New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.

TABLE 1: RELEASABLE 'REST OF STATE (EXCLUDING CAPITAL CITY)' FACTORS (a)(b)


Hotels
Motels and guest houses
Serviced apartments
Total

NSW rest of state
(excl. Sydney)
Guest rooms
n.p.
n.p.
1.16805
1.03159
Bed spaces
n.p.
n.p.
1.18030
1.03154
Persons employed
n.p.
n.p.
1.07308
1.01468
Room nights occupied
n.p.
n.p.
1.17530
1.03302
Guest nights
n.p.
n.p.
1.21181
1.03992
Guest arrivals
n.p.
n.p.
1.19536
1.03072
Takings from accommodation
n.p.
n.p.
1.16520
1.03989
Vic. rest of state
(excl. Melbourne)
Guest rooms
1.00000
1.00887
1.24701
1.01625
Bed spaces
1.00000
1.00754
1.21950
1.01723
Persons employed
1.00000
1.00738
1.15248
1.01160
Room nights occupied
1.00000
1.00520
1.12666
1.00961
Guest nights
1.00000
1.00563
1.15484
1.01361
Guest arrivals
1.00000
1.00541
1.11771
1.00940
Takings from accommodation
1.00000
1.00657
1.14805
1.01299
Qld rest of state
(excl. Brisbane)
Guest rooms
1.00467
1.01770
1.12242
1.04074
Bed spaces
1.00438
1.01628
1.10539
1.03787
Persons employed
1.00131
1.01461
1.05933
1.01304
Room nights occupied
1.00570
1.01858
1.12611
1.04307
Guest nights
1.00609
1.01449
1.12207
1.04833
Guest arrivals
1.00742
1.01584
1.09954
1.03176
Takings from accommodation
1.00462
1.02061
1.12042
1.03867
WA rest of state
(excl. Perth)
Guest rooms
n.p.
n.p.
1.03833
1.03189
Bed spaces
n.p.
n.p.
1.04798
1.03577
Persons employed
n.p.
n.p.
1.03145
1.01634
Room nights occupied
n.p.
n.p.
1.02366
1.02209
Guest nights
n.p.
n.p.
1.03055
1.03271
Guest arrivals
n.p.
n.p.
1.04744
1.03207
Takings from accommodation
n.p.
n.p.
1.03045
1.02751

(a) A factor of 1.00000 denotes no additional establishments have been added to the series.
(b) n.p. denotes not available for publication due to confidentiality but included in totals where applicable.


ESTABLISHMENTS BY QUARTER

Although the additional 132 establishments were added to the STA frame in the June quarter 2003, they actually commenced operation prior to this time period.

Table 2 shows, for Australia, the 132 establishments distributed by quarter for the separate activity types of hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments. For example, in December quarter 2002, there were an additional 129 establishments which should have been included on the STA frame but were not. In September quarter 2000 an additional 40 establishments should have been included on the STA frame.

TABLE 2: ADDITIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS BY QUARTER, Australia

Hotels
Motels and guest houses
Serviced apartments
Total

December quarter 1999
1
9
20
30
March quarter 2000
2
9
20
31
June quarter 2000
2
9
23
34
September quarter 2000
2
10
28
40
December quarter 2000
2
13
36
51
March quarter 2001
3
13
44
60
June quarter 2001
3
13
48
64
September quarter 2001
5
18
52
75
December quarter 2001
7
21
59
87
March quarter 2002
7
25
60
92
June quarter 2002
9
27
64
100
September quarter 2002
10
31
71
112
December quarter 2002
13
38
78
129
March quarter 2003
13
39
80
132



The attached spreadsheet shows the additional 132 establishments distributed by quarter at the state/territory and Tourism Region level. This information is provided for hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined.


BACKCASTING

To assist understanding of the impact the additional establishments would have had on data for previous quarters, backcast data at the national level for hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined for each of the quarters back to December 1999 are presented in Table 3. Data are presented for the items of guest rooms, room nights occupied, takings from accommodation and room occupancy rates.

TABLE 3: BACKCAST DATA, Hotels, Motels and Guest Houses and Serviced Apartments, Australia

Guest rooms (No.)
___________________________________
Room nights occupied ('000)
_________________________________
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
_________________________________
Room occupancyrRates (%)
________________________
Originally
published
Backcast
Originally
published
Backcast
Originally
published
Backcast
Originally published
Backcast

Dec qtr 99
190,079
191,124
10,413.6
10,466.4
1,112,447
1,118,603
59.7
59.7
Mar qtr 00
191,123
192,197
10,088.1
10,140.8
1,088,317
1,094,714
58.2
58.2
Jun qtr 00
192,830
193,986
9,999.9
10,055.9
1,039,478
1,045,991
57.1
57.1
Sep qtr 00
195,079
196,506
10,448.6
10,527.2
1,330,113
1,340,424
58.4
58.5
Dec qtr 00
194,926
196,667
10,543.0
10,636.1
1,267,090
1,278,848
58.8
58.8
Mar qtr 01
196,559
198,985
10,188.6
10,308.4
1,218,107
1,234,476
57.7
57.6
Jun qtr 01
196,544
199,406
9,872.9
10,017.4
1,111,337
1,128,494
55.2
55.2
Sep qtr 01
196,729
199,980
10,619.0
10,793.5
1,226,522
1,247,610
58.7
58.7
Dec qtr 01
198,133
201,779
10,495.8
10,690.4
1,209,554
1,233,017
57.6
57.7
Mar qtr 02
197,859
201,675
10,428.4
10,630.9
1,213,991
1,238,208
58.6
58.6
Jun qtr 02
196,854
201,130
9,823.7
10,034.2
1,100,074
1,123,935
54.8
54.8
Sep qtr 02
196,805
201,548
10,778.4
11,037.0
1,236,869
1,266,146
59.6
59.6
Dec qtr 02
196,431
202,215
11,118.0
11,430.3
1,314,053
1,351,471
61.7
61.6
Mar qtr 03
197,478
203,427
10,500.8
10,804.9
1,244,695
1,281,628
59.1
59.0


Table 3 shows the effect of the additional establishments over time. The difference between the backcast and originally published takings from accommodation data for December quarter 1999 was 0.55%. By March quarter 2003 this difference had grown to 2.97%.

Queries regarding the break in time series should be directed to the ABS Transport and Tourism Business Statistics Centre on 07 3222 6185.

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