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8635.0 - Tourist Accommodation, Australia, Mar 2005  
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Average length of stay


Average number of days each guest stayed during the reference period. It is a derived item calculated by dividing the number of guest nights by the number of guest arrivals with the result expressed as a number of days.


Average takings per available room night


The takings from accommodation divided by the total number of room nights for the survey period,


Equation: average takings per available room night = takings from accommodation divided by (guest rooms multiplied by number of days in the period)


Average takings per room night occupied


The takings from accommodation divided by the total number of room nights occupied for the survey period,


Equation: equation_AvgeTakings_occup_HMG


Bed occupancy rate


The bed occupancy rate represents bed occupancy expressed as a percentage of total capacity available during the survey period,


Equation: Bed occupancy rate = guest nights occupied divided by (bed spaces multiplied by number of days in the period) as a percentage


Bed spaces


The maximum number of bed spaces normally in place available to accommodate paying guests during the survey period. Three-quarter beds are counted as one bed space; double beds as two bed spaces. Cots and divans not normally used as beds are excluded.


Capacity


Capacity in terms of guest rooms/units is the maximum number available to accommodate paying guests during the survey period. Capacity closed temporarily for seasonal reasons is included.


Establishments


The number of hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments within the scope of the survey which operated for any part of the survey period, or which closed temporarily for the quarter for seasonal reasons.


Guest arrivals


The total number of paying guests counted only on the first night they stayed at the accommodation establishment during the survey period.


Guest nights available


The total number of nights available to all paying guests during the survey period.


This is derived from the number of bed spaces multiplied by the number of days for which they were available during the survey period. For establishments closing (other than for seasonal reasons) or opening during this period, operating periods only are included.


Guest nights occupied


The total number of paying guests counted on each night they stayed at the accommodation establishment during the survey period.


Occupancy


Occupancy in terms of room nights occupied refers to the total number of nights each guest room was occupied during the survey period.


Occupancy in terms of guest nights refers to the total number of paying guests counted on each night they stayed at the accommodation establishment during the survey period.


Persons employed


The total number of persons working at each accommodation establishment at the end of the survey period (including working proprietors and those working on other than accommodation activities).


Room nights available


The number of guest rooms/units available multiplied by the number of days for which they were available during the survey period. For establishments closing (other than for seasonal reasons) or opening during this period, operating periods only are included.


Room nights occupied


The number of nights each guest room/unit was occupied by a paying guest during the survey period.


Room occupancy rate


The room occupancy rate represents room occupancy expressed as a percentage of total capacity available during the survey period,


Equation: Room occupancy rate = room nights occupied divided by (guest rooms multiplied by number of days in the period) as a percentage


providing that, for establishments closing (other than for seasonal reasons) or opening during the survey period, the denominator of the above expression includes only operating periods.


Rooms


The maximum number of rooms available for accomodating short-term paying guests at each hotel, motel and guest house and serviced apartment during the survey period. Units, apartments and suites are treated as rooms for these types of establishments in these survey results.


Star grading


The grading of hotels, motels and guest houses with facilities and serviced apartments is based on the classification system owned by AAA Tourism Pty Ltd. The gradings are allocated according to a points system based on the amenities and facilities available to guests. Details of the grading scheme are contained in the publication Accommodation Guide published by AAA Tourism Pty Ltd for each of the individual Australian Motoring Organisations. For the purpose of classifying establishments to a star grading in this publication, ‘half’ star gradings are ignored (e.g. a two and a half star grading has been shown as two star).


While coverage has significantly improved, some establishments (including some competing in the 4 and 5 star markets and having significant takings) still remain outside the star grading scheme. These establishments have been given a star grading of 'ungraded'.


Takings from accommodation


Since 1 July 2000, takings from accommodation include gross revenue from the provision of accommodation, including GST. Takings from meals are excluded. In cases where takings from accommodation data cannot be provided inclusive of GST the amount of GST payable is estimated and the data revised accordingly.


Takings from accommodation for each month generally represent the takings received during that month. Where payments are received in advance of, or after the provision of accommodation to guests, the monthly figure for takings from accommodation may not necessarily bear a direct relationship to the number of guests accommodated during the month.


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