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8635.0 - Tourist Accommodation, Australia, Sep 2006  
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
December 2006 30 March 2007
March 2007 29 June 2007



ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

This publication presents results from the September quarter 2006 Survey of Tourist Accommodation (STA) for the following categories of establishments:
  • licensed hotels and resorts with facilities and 5 or more rooms
  • motels, private hotels and guest houses with facilities and 5 or more rooms
  • serviced apartments with 5 or more units
  • caravan parks with 40 or more powered sites
  • holiday flats, units and houses of letting entities with 15 or more rooms or units
  • visitor hostels with 25 or more bed spaces.


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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED AND TREND

Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms

Key figures, Seasonally adjusted and trend - Australia

Sep Qtr 05
Jun Qtr 06
Sep Qtr 06

Seasonally Adjusted
Takings from accommodation ('000)
1 570 059
1 684 072
1 679 882
Room occupancy rate (%)
62.8
64.6
63.5
Trend
Takings from accommodation ('000)
1 563 080
1 666 336
1 695 816
Room occupancy rate (%)
63.0
64.1
64.2


Accommodation takings

The trend estimate of the total accommodation takings for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms continued to increase. In September quarter 2006, it increased by 1.7% to $1,695.8 million compared with June quarter 2006.


The seasonally adjusted estimate of the total accommodation takings fell by 0.2% to $1,679.9 million from June quarter 2006 to September quarter 2006.

ACCOMMODATION TAKINGS, 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 serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms for the September quarter 2006 (64.2%) increased by 0.1 percentage points over the June quarter 2006.


The seasonally adjusted estimate of the room occupancy rate decreased by 1.1 percentage points to 63.5% from June quarter 2006 to September quarter 2006.

ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE(a), Seasonally adjusted and trend - Australia
Graph: Room Occupancy Rate(a), Seasonally adjusted and trend—Australia



Seasonally adjusted and trend data are not yet available for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 to 14 rooms or 5 or more rooms.



ORIGINAL

Hotels, motels and serviced apartments

The original estimates are impacted by seasonal variations and irregular or non-seasonal influences. Comparisons between quarters should be made with caution.

Key figures, Original - Australia

June Qtr 2006
September Qtr 2006

Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 to 14 rooms
Rooms (no.)
18 701
18 609
Room nights occupied ('000)
739.7
758.3
Room occupancy rate (%)
43.9
44.4
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
64 684
69 022
Average takings per room night occupied ($)
87.5
91.0
Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms
Rooms (no.)
213 035
213 768
Room nights occupied ('000)
11 748.7
12 829.8
Room occupancy rate (%)
60.9
65.3
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
1 526 511
1 740 492
Average takings per room night occupied ($)
129.9
135.7
Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms
Rooms (no.)
231 736
232 377
Room nights occupied ('000)
12 488.3
13 588.1
Room occupancy rate (%)
59.5
63.7
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
1 591 196
1 809 514
Average takings per room night occupied ($)
127.4
133.2


Accommodation takings

In September quarter 2006, accommodation takings for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms were $1,809.5 million. The average takings per room night occupied for these establishments were $133.17.


Accommodation takings for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms for September quarter were $1,740.5 million, at an average of $135.66 per room night occupied. For establishments with 5 to 14 rooms, accommodation takings were $69.0 million, at an average of $91.02 per room night occupied.


The contributions to accommodation takings in September quarter 2006 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms were highest in New South Wales ($574.6 million) and Queensland ($524.9 million).


Room occupancy rate

The room occupancy rate for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms was 63.7% in September quarter 2006.

Room occupancy rate(a), Original - Australia
Graph: Room occupancy rate(a), Original—Australia



For hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, the room occupancy rate was 65.3%, while for 5 to 14 room hotels, motels and serviced apartments, the room occupancy rate was 44.4%.


Room nights occupied

Total room nights occupied were 13.6 million in September quarter 2006 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms. Room nights occupied were highest in both New South Wales and Queensland (4.1 million).


For hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, room nights occupied were 12.8 million in September quarter 2006, while for establishments with 5 to 14 rooms, room nights occupied were 0.8 million.


Average length of stay

The average length of stay in September quarter 2006 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms was 2.2 days. For establishments with 5 to 14 rooms, the average length of stay for September quarter was 1.8 days.


Queensland (2.7 days) reported the longest average length of stay for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, followed by Western Australia and the ACT (2.3 days). The shortest average length of stay was in South Australia and Tasmania (1.9 days).


Star grading

In September quarter 2006, the room occupancy rate for five-star hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms was 75.9% compared with 36.6% for one-star. For hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, the room occupancy rate was 76.2% for five-star establishments compared with 40.7% for one-star.


For establishments with 5 to 14 rooms, three-star (48.1%) and four-star (46.8%) establishments had the highest room occupancy rates, compared with one-star establishments at 28.0%.

ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE, Star grading - September Qtr 2006
Graph: Room Occupancy Rate, Star grading—September Qtr 2006



Caravan parks, holiday flats, units and houses, and visitor hostels

Key figures, Australia

Jun Qtr 2006
Sep Qtr 2006

Caravan parks
Capacity (no.)
236 872
235 476
Site nights occupied ('000)
10 766
11 215
Site occupancy rate (%)
50.2
52.5
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
203 323
220 388
Holiday flats, units and houses
Capacity (no.)
28 281
27 941
Unit nights occupied ('000)
1 041
1 238
Unit occupancy rate (%)
40.5
48.4
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
108 196
140 168
Visitor hostels
Capacity (no.)
47 732
47 405
Guest nights occupied ('000)
1 928
2 032
Bed occupancy rate (%)
44.6
46.9
Takings from accommodation ($'000)
45 136
49 155


Accommodation takings

In September quarter 2006, accommodation takings for caravan parks were $220.4 million. New South Wales ($67.1 million) had the highest accommodation takings for all caravan parks for September quarter 2006.


Short-term caravan park accommodation takings were $182.0 million in September quarter 2006, while takings for long-term caravan parks were $38.4 million in that quarter.


Accommodation takings for holiday flats, units and houses were $140.2 million in September quarter 2006. For visitor hostels, accommodation takings were $49.2 million.


Occupancy rate

The site occupancy rate for all caravan parks in September quarter 2006 was 52.5%. Short-term caravan park site occupancy rates were 49.0%, while the rate for long-term caravan parks was 75.4% in September quarter 2006.


For holiday flats, units and houses, the unit occupancy rate was 48.4% in September quarter 2006.


The bed occupancy rate for visitor hostels in September quarter 2006 was 46.9%. The Northern Territory (64.6%), the ACT (59.4%) and Queensland (58.8%) had the highest bed occupancy rates for visitor hostels in September quarter 2006.


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