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BREAK IN TIME SERIES

The addition of 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.

Particular care needs to be taken when calculating percentage changes between the June quarter 2003 and previous quarters. Where appropriate the effect of the break is taken into account in the analysis below.

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED AND TREND

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

Sep qtr 2002
Jun qtr 2003
Sep qtr 2003

Seasonally Adjusted
Room occupancy rate (%)
58.4
58.0
60.9
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
1 205 862
1 265 081
1 336 156
Trend
Room occupancy rate (%)
58.6
59.2
59.8
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
1 215 790
1 290 631
1 312 334

(a) Break in time series between the March and June quarters 2003. See Appendix 1 for details.

Accommodation takings

The trend estimate of the total accommodation takings for hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined was $1,312.3 million in the September quarter 2003. The trend estimate rose 1.7% in September quarter 2003 compared with June quarter 2003.

The seasonally adjusted estimate of the total accommodation takings rose by 5.6% in September quarter 2003, to $1,336.2 million.

Graph - Accommodation takings, Seasonally adjusted and Trend - Australia

Room occupancy rate

The room occupancy rate, being derived from number of rooms and number of nights occupied, is not subject to a break in series. This is explained in the Appendix.
Graph - Room occupancy rate, Seasonally adjusted and Trend - Australia


The trend estimate of the room occupancy rate for hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined rose 0.6 percentage points from 59.2% in June quarter 2003 to 59.8% in September quarter 2003. The trend estimate has recorded seven consecutive quarters of growth.

The seasonally adjusted estimate of the room occupancy rate rose by 2.9 percentage points in September quarter 2003, to 60.9%.

ORIGINAL
SEPTEMBER QUARTER ORIGINAL KEY FIGURES, Australia (a)

Sep qtr 2002
Jun qtr 2003
Sep Qtr 2003

Hotels
Guest rooms (no.)
77 603
78 089
77 914
Room nights occupied ('000)
4 469.9
4 109.4
4 810.0
Room occupancy rate (%)
62.7
57.8
67.1
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
609 027
553 849
664 512
Takings per room night occupied ($)
136.3
134.8
138.2
Motels and guest houses
Rooms available (no.)
83 592
85 148
85 198
Room nights occupied ('000)
4 152.8
3 954.8
4 356.4
Room occupancy rate (%)
54.0
51.1
55.6
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
371 657
351 004
399 637
Takings per room night occupied ($)
89.5
88.8
91.7
Serviced apartments
Rooms available (no.)
35 610
39 182
39 921
Room nights occupied ('000)
2 155.7
2 119.6
2 492.2
Room occupancy rate (%)
65.9
59.4
68.3
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
256 186
254 647
309 339
Takings per room night occupied ($)
118.8
120.1
124.1
Total
Rooms available (no.)
196 805
202 419
203 033
Room nights occupied ('000)
10 778.4
10 183.8
11 658.1
Room occupancy rate (%)
59.6
55.3
62.5
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
1 236 869
1 159 500
1 373 488
Takings per room night occupied ($)
114.8
113.9
117.8

(a) Break in time series between the March and June quarters 2003. See Appendix 1 for details.

Accommodation takings

In September quarter 2003, accommodation takings for hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined were $1,373.5 million. This was an increase of 18.5% ($214.0 million) from June quarter 2003.

Hotels contributed $664.5 million (48.4%) to accommodation takings. Takings per room night occupied in the September quarter 2003 were highest for hotels at $138.15.
Graph - Accommodation takings, Original - Australia


The contributions of accommodation takings in the September quarter 2003 for hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined were highest in New South Wales (33.5%) and Queensland (28.6%) and lowest in Tasmania (1.8%).

Room nights occupied

Total room nights occupied were 11.7 million in September quarter 2003 for hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined. Room nights occupied increased by 14.5% (1.5 million) from June quarter 2003 to September quarter 2003.

Of the total, hotels contributed 4.8 million (41.3%) while motels and guest houses contributed 4.4 million (37.4%). Serviced apartments had the lowest room nights occupied at 2.5 million (21.4%) room nights.

Room occupancy rate

The room occupancy rate for hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined was 62.5% in September quarter 2003 compared with 55.3% in June quarter 2003. This was an increase of 7.2 percentage points. Hotels recorded the largest increase in room occupancy rates at 9.3 percentage points.

Northern Territory and Queensland recorded increases in room occupancy rates above the national average for hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments combined. Tasmania was the only state/territory to record a decrease.

Graph - Room occupancy rates, Original - Australia



NOTES

INTRODUCTION

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

For the four quarters of 2003 the scope of the STA has been expanded to include:
  • holiday flats, units and houses of letting entities with 15 or more rooms or units
  • caravan parks with 40 or more powered sites
  • visitor hostels with 25 or more bed spaces.

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. Particular care needs to be taken when calculating percentage changes between the June quarter 2003 and previous quarters.

HOLIDAY FLATS, UNITS AND HOUSES, CARAVAN PARKS AND VISITOR HOSTELS

The ABS has collected data for holiday flats, units and houses, caravan parks and visitor hostels for the September quarter 2003. These data will be released along with June and December quarters 2003 after December 2003 data has been collected and processed.

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