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8635.0 - Tourist Accommodation, Australia, Mar 2004  
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SEASONALLY ADJUSTED AND TREND

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED AND TREND KEY FIGURES (a),
Hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments - Australia

Mar qtr 2003
Dec qtr 2003
Mar qtr 2004

Seasonally Adjusted
Room occupancy rate (%)
59.1
62.2
61.2
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
1 238 786
1 425 056
1 379 638
Trend
Room occupancy rate (%)
58.8
61.4
62.1
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
1 231 913
1 384 265
1 413 790

(a) Break in time series between the March and June quarters 2003. See Explanatory Notes.

Accommodation takings

The trend estimate of the total accommodation takings for hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined rose 2.1% to $1,413.8 million in March quarter 2004 compared with December quarter 2003.

The seasonally adjusted estimate of the total accommodation takings fell by 3.2% to $1,379.6 million from December quarter 2003 to March quarter 2004.


ACCOMMODATION TAKINGS(a), Seasonally adjusted and Trend - Australia

Graph - Accommodation Takings, Seasonally adjusted and Trend - Australia


Room occupancy rate

The trend estimate of the room occupancy rate for hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined reached a record level in March quarter 2004. It rose 0.7 percentage points from 61.4% in December quarter 2003 to 62.1% in March quarter 2004. The trend has been increasing since March quarter 2003.

The seasonally adjusted estimate of the room occupancy rate fell by 1.0 percentage point in March quarter 2004 compared with December quarter 2003, to 61.2%.

ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE(a), Seasonally adjusted and Trend - Australia

Graph - ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE, Seasonally adjusted and Trend - Australia



ORIGINAL
ORIGINAL KEY FIGURES, Australia (a)

Mar qtr 2003
Dec qtr 2003
Mar Qtr 2004

Hotels
Guest rooms (no.)
77 477
78 720
78 474
Room nights occupied ('000)
4 458.1
4 996.5
4 798.4
Room occupancy rate (%)
64.0
69.4
67.3
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
621 399
759 603
691 864
Takings per room night occupied ($)
139.4
152.0
144.2
Motels and guest houses
Guest rooms (no.)
83 931
85 390
84 903
Room nights occupied ('000)
3 922.5
4 380.2
4 137.2
Room occupancy rate (%)
52.0
55.9
53.7
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
355 991
407 394
386 199
Takings per room night occupied ($)
90.8
93.0
93.3
Serviced apartments
Guest rooms (no.)
36 070
40 351
40 734
Room nights occupied ('000)
2 120.3
2 524.7
2 480.9
Room occupancy rate (%)
65.4
68.1
67.0
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
267 305
332 348
320 510
Takings per room night occupied ($)
126.1
131.6
129.2
Total
Guest rooms (no.)
197 478
204 461
204 111
Room nights occupied ('000)
10 500.8
11 901.3
11 416.5
Room occupancy rate (%)
59.1
63.5
61.6
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
1 244 695
1 499 344
1 398 573
Takings per room night occupied ($)
118.5
126.0
122.5

(a) Break in time series between the March and June quarters 2003. See Explanatory Notes.

Accommodation takings

In March quarter 2004, accommodation takings for hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined were $1,398.6 million. This was a decrease of 6.7% ($100.8 million) from December quarter 2003. The average takings per room night occupied for hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined was $122.50.

Hotels were the highest contributor to accommodation takings with $691.9 million (49.5%). Takings per room night occupied in March quarter 2004 were highest for hotels at $144.20.

ACCOMMODATION TAKINGS(a), Original - Australia

Graph - ACCOMMODATION TAKINGS, Original - Australia

The contributions of accommodation takings in March quarter 2004 for hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined were highest in New South Wales (34.5%) and Queensland (25.9%) and lowest in the Northern Territory (1.9%).

Room nights occupied

Total room nights occupied were 11.4 million in March quarter 2004 for hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined. Room nights occupied decreased by 4.1% (0.5 million) from December quarter 2003 to March quarter 2004.

Hotels represented 4.8 million (42.0%) of the total room nights occupied, while motels and guest houses represented 4.1 million (36.2%) and serviced apartments represented 2.5 million (21.7%).

Room occupancy rate

The room occupancy rate for hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined decreased 1.9 percentage points to 61.6% in March quarter 2004 compared with December quarter 2003.

Tasmania recorded the highest room occupancy rate for hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined with 74.5%. This was followed by the Australian Capital Territory (65.7%) and New South Wales (63.5%).

Room occupancy rates(a), Original - Australia
Graph - Room occupancy rates, Original - Australia



NOTES


INTRODUCTION

This publication presents results from the quarterly Survey of Tourist Accommodation (STA). The scope of the STA includes hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms.

HOTELS, MOTELS AND GUEST HOUSES AND SERVICED APARTMENTS

Data quality improvements

In the June quarter 2003 the ABS identified 132 hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments which had been operating for a number of quarters but were not on the STA frame. These additional establishments were included in the STA from the June quarter 2003.

Break in time series

The addition of the 132 tourism establishments 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 Appendix 1, Tourist Accommodation, Australia (cat. no. 8635.0), December quarter 2003. Particular care needs to be taken for all calculations of percentage changes that cross the break in series.

DATA REVISIONS

Revisions were made to Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, Australian Capital Territory (cat. no. 8635.8.55.001), for the September and December quarters 2003.

CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

This publication no longer presents comparative tourism region data for the same quarter of the previous year. Tourism regions are reviewed annually and are subject to boundary and name changes. Extensive changes have been made to tourism regions in Western Australia. Where changes have occurred care should be taken when making comparisons with previously published data at this level. For details of changes to tourism regions refer to Tourism Theme Page.

STAR GRADING

Star grade classifications of establishments have been revised by AAA Tourism Pty Ltd. These changes have affected star grade tables in this publication. Further changes are expected to impact June and September quarter 2004 data. These changes should be taken into account when making comparisons with previous quarters.

CAPACITY COUNTS
A Feature Article presenting counts of accommodation establishments and capacity as at March 2004 will be available on 22 July 2004.


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