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8635.3.55.001 - Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, Queensland, Mar 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/07/2003   
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Average length of stay

Average length of stay is expressed in numbers of days and calculated:

  • for hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments, by dividing Guest nights by Guest arrivals
  • for holiday flats, units and houses, by dividing Unit nights occupied by Unit lettings

Average takings per available room night
The takings from accommodation divided by the total number of guest nights for the survey period.

Average takings per room night occupied
The takings from accommodation divided by the total number of room nights occupied for the survey period.

Bed spaces
Three-quarter beds are counted as one bed space; double beds as two bed spaces. Cots are excluded.

Capacity
Capacity in terms of guest rooms/units, visitor hostel bed spaces, holiday units or caravan park sites is the maximum number available to accommodate paying guests during the survey period. Capacity closed temporarily for seasonal reasons is included.

Caravan park sites
Includes on-site vans, other powered sites, unpowered sites and cabins.

Establishments

The number of hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments, caravan parks and visitor hostels 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
The total number of paying guests counted on each night they stayed at the accommodation establishment during the survey period.

Guest rooms
The maximum number of rooms available at each establishment during the survey period for accommodating short-term paying guests. Units and apartments within serviced apartments are treated as rooms in these survey results.

Letting entities
For holiday flats, units and houses, the number of owners, managers or real estate agents within the scope of the survey who operated for any part of the survey period.

Long-term caravan parks
Caravan parks where the majority of paying guests occupied sites for periods of more than two months.

Occupancy

Occupancy in terms of room nights, unit nights or site nights occupied refers to the total number of nights each guest room/unit or caravan park site 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.
Occupancy rates

Occupancy rates represent occupancy expressed as a percentage of total capacity available during the survey period, e.g. for the period
    Room occupancy rate (%) = (Room nights occupied/(Guest rooms) * No. days in the period)) * 100
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.

Other sites permanently reserved
The total number of powered and unpowered sites, on-site vans and cabins, etc. continuously let for two months or more of the survey period to tenants who occupy the sites only on a casual or sporadic basis.

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.

Short-term caravan parks
Caravan parks where the majority of paying guests occupy sites for periods of less than two months.

Site nights available
The total number of nights each caravan park site was occupied during the survey period.

Star grading
The grading of hotels, motels and guest houses with facilities and serviced apartments based on the classification system used by members of the Australian Automobile Association (AAA). 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 RACV-RAASA members’ publication Accommodation Australia, or the individual tour guides produced by members of the AAA. 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).

From the September quarter 1999, some (very few) large establishments not star graded by the AAA have been allocated a star grade by the ABS for Survey of Tourist Accommodation statistical tabulation purposes.

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.

Unit lettings
The total number of times a holiday flat, unit or house was occupied by a new tenant, counted only on the first night it was occupied by the new tenant.

Unit nights
The total number of nights each holiday flat, unit or house was occupied during the survey period.

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