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This article was published in the June Quarter 2000 issue of Tourism Indicators, Australia (ABS Catalogue No. 8634.0).
The number of accommodation establishments increased over the twelve months to the end of 1999. Visitor hostels (up 5% to 649) and serviced apartments (up 8% to 880) had the largest proportional increases. These two accommodation types also showed the largest increases in capacity - up 15% or 4,252 guest rooms for serviced apartments, and up 11% or 4,206 bed spaces for visitor hostels. Significant growth also occurred in letting entities with 5 to 14 holiday flats, units and houses, with an increase of 8% or 59 letting entities, contributing an additional 7% or 452 flats, units and houses since 1998.
HOTELS, MOTELS AND GUEST HOUSES AND SERVICED APARTMENTS
At the end of December 1999, there were a total of 5,705 hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartment establishments with 5 or more rooms providing a total of 208,874 guest rooms. Establishments with 15 or more rooms accounted for 66% of the establishments and 91% of the guest rooms.
The increase in the number of establishments since December 1998 was 3% while the increase in guest rooms was 4%. The number of guest rooms in establishments with 5 to 14 rooms rose by 2% to 18,795, while the number of guest rooms in larger establishments rose by 4% to 190,079.
Motels and guest houses accounted for nearly two thirds (64%) of the accommodation establishments in this group, and nearly half (47%) of the guest rooms. Licensed hotels comprised 21% of establishments and 37% of capacity, while serviced apartments, the fastest growing category, accounted for 15% of establishments and 16% of the capacity.
There were 1,191 licensed hotels with 5 or more rooms at the end of 1999, supplying a total 77,356 guest rooms. This represented an increase in the number of establishments since 1998 of 2% and an increase in capacity of 4%. Licensed hotels with 15 or more rooms comprised 64% of the establishments and 95% of the guest rooms in this category. At the end of 1999, licensed hotels with 5 to 14 rooms had an average of 9 rooms per establishment. The average number of rooms per establishment of those with more than 15 rooms, varied from 120 rooms in New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory to 53 rooms in Tasmania.
Motels and guest houses
There were 3,634 motels and guest houses with 5 or more rooms at the end of December 1999, supplying a total of 98,298 guest rooms. One third of these had fewer than 15 rooms. Motels and guest houses showed the slowest growth of only 1% in establishments and 2% in capacity when compared with licensed hotels and serviced apartments. Motels and guest houses with 5 to 14 rooms showed most of the growth since 1998 in the number of establishments, up by 2% to be 1,221.
There were 880 serviced apartment establishments, providing a capacity of 33,220 guest rooms at the end of 1999. Serviced apartments showed the greatest growth in capacity between December 1998 and December 1999 with the number of establishments increasing by 8% and the number of guest rooms up by 15%. Queensland accounted for 40% of all serviced apartment establishments with an average size of 39 rooms per establishment.
HOLIDAY FLATS, UNITS AND HOUSES
This category of accommodation covers holiday flats, units and houses which are operated by owners, managers or real estate agents who have sole letting rights to at least 5 flats, units or houses for short-term letting. These units do not meet the classification criteria for 'serviced apartments' which was introduced to the STA as a separate classification in the March quarter 1998. As a result, the statistics presented here are not comparable with data presented in the publication Tourist Accommodation, Australia (ABS Cat. no. 8635.0) up to and including the December quarter 1997.
At the end of 1999, there were 1,477 letting entities managing a total of 35,001 holiday flats, units and houses. Of the 1,477 letting entities, 44% managed 15 or more holiday flats or units, at an average of 44 units per letting entity. There were 834 letting entities that managed between 5 to 14 holiday flats or units, accounting for a total of 6,748 units.
Queensland had the greatest proportion of all letting entities (41%) at an average of 28 units per letting entity. The Australian Capital Territory had the highest average number of units per letting entity with an average of 39 units, although it had less than 1% of all letting entities.
At the end of 1999, there were 2,643 caravan parks across Australia, with powered site and cabin capacity of 221,441. This represented an decrease over the twelve month period of 3% in the number of caravan parks, and a decrease of 2% in the number of powered sites and cabins. Of the 2,643 caravan parks at the end of 1999, 1,827 or 69% had 40 or more powered sites, and accounted for 91% of all powered sites.
At the end of 1999, the greatest number of caravan parks (789 or 30%) were in New South Wales. New South Wales also had the greatest capacity, providing 75,622 or 34% of all powered sites and cabins. While Queensland provided the second largest number of establishments overall (599 or 23%) it ranked third to Victoria in the number of powered sites and cabins. For caravan parks with fewer than 40 powered sites Queensland had the greatest number of both establishments and powered sites and cabins (29%) followed by New South Wales (27%).
At the end of 1999, there were 649 visitor hostels across Australia, with 42,500 bed spaces at an average of 65 beds per hostel. The number of visitor hostels has increased over the twelve months to the end of 1999 by 5% while the number of bed spaces increased 11%. The largest proportional growth occurred in hostels with fewer than 25 bed spaces, where the number of establishments increased 15% to 171, and bed spaces were up 16% to 2,708.
Queensland accounted for the largest number of establishments overall (176 or 27%) providing 13,267 bed spaces or 31% of all bed spaces. Queensland also accounted for the largest number of establishments with 25 or more bed spaces (152 or 32%) providing 12,846 bed spaces or 32% of all bed spaces. While Victoria had 15% of all bed spaces, it had 24% of the bed spaces in hostels with fewer than 25 bed spaces, ahead of both new South Wales (22%) and Queensland (16%).
For further information about these statistics, or if you wish to find out about regional capacity estimates for tourist Accommodation establishments, please contact Paull Hoffmann on Brisbane 07 3222 6201.
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