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8634.0 - Tourism Indicators, Australia, Sep 2002  
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KEY TOURISM INDICATORS

Latest figures
Percentage change on
Unit
Period
Value
Previous
period

Corresponding period last year

Tourist accommodation supply and demand(a)
Licensed hotels, motels, guest houses and serviced apartments
Establishments
no.
Sep qtr 2002
3,847.0
0.5
0.8
Guest rooms/units
'000
Sep qtr 2002
197.0
0.1
0.2
Bed spaces
'000
Sep qtr 2002
566.2
0.1
-0.1
Room nights occupied
'000
Sep qtr 2002
10,787.3
9.8
1.6
Room occupancy rate(b)
%
Sep qtr 2002
59.6
4.8
0.9
Guest nights
'000
Sep qtr 2002
19,442.1
13.7
1.4
Guest arrivals
'000
Sep qtr 2002
8,629.8
10.1
4.6
Takings from accommodation
$'000
Sep qtr 2002
1,238,337.0
12.6
1.0
Caravan parks(c)
Establishments
no.
End Dec 2000
1,800
-0.2
n.a.
Powered sites and cabins
no.
End Dec 2000
200,099
-0.1
n.a.
Holiday flats, units and houses(c)
Letting entities
no.
End Dec 2000
632
0.2
n.a.
Flats, units and houses
no.
End Dec 2000
29,835
5.7
n.a.
Visitor hostels(c)
Establishments
no.
End Dec 2000
466
-
n.a.
Bed spaces
no.
End Dec 2000
40,659
0.8
n.a.
Tourist accommodation construction
Hotels, etc. approved(d)
$m
Sep 2002
69.7
10.5
67.1
Hotels, etc. commenced(e)
$m
Jun qtr 2002
45.5
-67.1
-65.6
Hotels, etc. under construction(e)
$m
Jun qtr 2002
596.3
-16.8
5.61
Hotels, etc. completed(e)
$m
Jun qtr 2002
159.5
170.8
-27.7
Domestic tourism(f)
Number of overnight trips
'000
Year ended Jun 2002
75,047
. .
1.7
Number of visitor nights
'000
Year ended Jun 2002
288,741
. .
-1.0
Short-term international visitor arrivals
Number of visitor arrivals(g)
'000
Sep 2002
358.6
5.7
-2.1
Number of visitor arrivals(g)
'000
Sep qtr 2002
1,148.7
11.6
-4.1
Number of visitor arrivals(g)
'000
Nine months to Sep 2002
3,441.3
. .
-3.8
Number of person days(h)
'000
Sep qtr 2002
38,310.1
33.5
3.7
Median intended length of stay(h)
days
Sep qtr 2002
10.8
8.0
-
Expenditure by international visitors(i)
$m
Year ended Jun 2002
11,263.7
. .
n.y.a.
International visitor nights(i)
'000
Year ended Jun 2002
121,421
. .
n.y.a.
Australian departures
Short-term departures(g)
'000
Sep 2002
351.6
10.4
5.6
Short-term departures(g)
'000
Sep qtr 2002
953.7
8.3
1.7
Short-term departures(g)
'000
Nine months to Sep 2002
2,576.3
. .
-2.2
Number of person days(h)
'000
Sep qtr 2002
31,750.2
-2.3
3.0
Median intended length of stay(h)
days
Sep qtr 2002
15.7
-4.8
5.4

(a) Tourist Accommodation, Australia (cat. no. 8635.0).
(b) Change is shown in terms of percentage points.
(c) For caravan parks, holiday flats and units, and visitor hostels the previous period refers to end December 1997.
(d) Building Approvals, Australia (cat. no. 8731.0). For monthly reference periods, the previous period is three months prior to the current month.
(e) Building Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8752.0).
(f) Bureau of Tourism Research, National Visitor Survey: Travel by Australians.
(g) Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia (cat. no. 3401.0). For monthly reference periods, the previous period is three months prior to the current month.
(h) Overseas Arrivals and Departures Collection.
(i) Bureau of Tourism Research, International Visitor Survey. Excludes international airfares and inclusive package tours purchased outside Australia.


KEY TOURISM INDICATORS

Latest figures

Percentage change on
Unit
Period
Value
Previous
period
Corresponding
period last year
Tourism satellite account(a)
Tourism gross domestic product
$b
2000-01
31.8
. .
14.2
Tourism share of gross domestic product(b)
%
2000-01
4.7
. .
0.3
Tourism gross value added(c)
$b
2000-01
26.3
. .
5.9
Tourism share of gross value added(b)
%
2000-01
4.3
. .
-
International visitor consumption
$b
2000-01
17.1
. .
17.0
Tourism share of exports of goods and services(b)
%
2000-01
11.2
. .
-0.4
Tourism consumption(d)
$b
2000-01
71.2
. .
10.1
Retail turnover(e)
Hospitality and services
Hotels and licensed clubs
$m
Sep 2002
1,344.4
-2.2
5.3
Cafes and restaurants
$m
Sep 2002
792.7
-5.6
14.6
Selected services
$m
Sep 2002
215.8
-4.6
1.2
Price index(f)
Holiday travel and accommodation
1989-90=100
Sep qtr 2002
131.0
1.8
12.9
Employment and earnings
Persons in tourism-generated employment(a)
'000
2000-01
551.0
. .
3.0
Tourism share of total employment(a)
%
2000-01
6.0
. .
-
Accommodation, cafes and restaurants
Average total weekly earnings(g)
$
Aug 2002
388.4
-3.8
-1.3
Female/male ratio of average total full-time weekly earnings(g)(b)
%
Aug 2002
0.86
-
-
Balance of payments(h)
Travel exports
$m
Sep qtr 2002
3558
13.9
-8.3
Travel imports
$m
Sep qtr 2002
-3,140
17.3
2.4
Balance on travel services
$m
Sep qtr 2002
418
-6.5
-48.6
Exchange rates(i)
United States dollar
per $A
Sep 2002
0.5407
-3.6
11.3
Japanese yen
per $A
Sep 2002
65.82
-1.2
14.0
Euro
per $A
Sep 2002
0.5469
-3.0
4.2

(a) Australian National Accounts: Tourism Satellite Account (cat. no. 5249.0).
(b) Change is shown in terms of percentage points.
(c) Tourism gross value added measures the value of tourism gross output at basic output at basic prices by all industries which supply tourism products, less the value of the inputs used in producing these tourism products. Gross value added is the preferred national accounts measure of industry production as it excludes taxes and subsidies on products.
(d) Tourism consumption is the total consumption made by a visitor or on behalf of a visitor for and during his/her trip and stay at the destination.
(e) Retail Trade, Australia (cat. no. 8501.0). For monthly reference periods, the previous period is three months prior to the current month. The previous period is therefore June 2002.
(f) Consumer Price Index (cat. no. 6401.0); base year: 1989-90=100.
(g) Average Weekly Earnings, States and Australia (cat. no. 6302.0).
(h) Balance of Payments and International Investment Position, Australia (cat. no. 5302.0).
(i) Average Monthly Exchange Rates, Australia Data Report (cat. no. 5654.0.40.001). Values shown are as at 7am (AEST) on the final trading day of the month.


IN BRIEF

2001 CENSUS - SECOND RELEASE DATA

Second Release data from the 2001 Census of Population and Housing are now available.

The Basic Community Profile data includes information on employed persons in each industry by age and sex. These data are available free for the areas of Australia, state/territory, Statistical Divisions, Statistical Subdivisions and Statistical Local Areas.

On Census Night, 7 August 2001, there were 410,589 persons (excluding overseas visitors) employed in the Accommodation, cafes and restaurants industry. More females than males were employed in this industry, with 230,412 (56%) females and 180,177 males.

More detailed classification counts are also available. These provide frequency counts for each category of most Census output classifications, for every state/territory and Capital City Statistical Division. Classification counts provide users with the number of people that have a particular characteristic. These are cross-classified by sex for all person based classifications and provide comparisons for all states and territories or all capital cities. Counts include industry of employment and occupation by sex.

Classification counts are available for purchase from the ABS web site <http://www.abs.gov.au> then go to Census. The following table presents some of the occupation by sex data.


OCCUPATION BY SEX, COUNTS OF PERSONS FOR AUSTRALIA(a)

Males
Females
Persons
Proportion of
Proportion of
males %
females %

Air transport professionals
10,324
636
10,960
94.2
5.8
Caravan park and camping ground managers
2,009
1,696
3,705
54.2
45.8
Hospitality and accommodation managers, not further defined
1,007
568
1,575
63.9
36.1
Hospitality trainees
300
530
830
36.1
63.9
Hospitality workers, not further defined
1,659
2,630
4,289
38.7
61.3
Hotel and motel managers
12,293
8,241
20,534
59.9
40.1
Hotel service supervisors
1,701
2,394
4,095
41.5
58.5
Restaurant and catering managers
17,079
21,997
39,076
43.7
56.3
Travel and tourism agents
7,217
17,955
25,172
28.7
71.3
Travel attendants
2,561
5,681
8,242
31.1
68.9
Waiters
18,377
61,449
79,826
23.0
77.0

(a) Aged 15 years and over, excluding overseas visitors.
Source: 2001 Census of Population and Housing


BUSINESS OPERATIONS AND INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released Business Operations and Industry Performance, 2000-01 (cat. no. 8140.0) on 6 December 2002. This annual publication presents industry performance indicators for public trading and private employing businesses for most industries, including Accommodation, cafes and restaurants; Retail trade; Transport and storage; and Cultural and recreational services. Aggregates include income and expenditure, profit, assets and liabilities.

In the Accommodation, cafes and restaurants industry division, there were an estimated 33,090 employing businesses operating in 2000-01, an increase of 3% from 1999-2000.

Average employment per business increased from 13.1 persons in 1999-2000 to 14.0 persons in 2000-01.

In 2000-01, decreases were recorded in operating profit before tax (down 19%) and average profit (down 23%). Total assets and total liabilities fell by 9% and 11% respectively.

The proportion of businesses making a profit was 62.8% in 2000-01, down from 82.2% in 1999-2000.

CARAVANS AND CAMPERVANS

The ABS recently released Motor Vehicle Census, 31 March 2002 (cat. no. 9309.0). This publication includes data on registered campervans and caravans.

There were 285,423 registered caravans at 31 March 2002, up 5% on the number of registered caravans at 31 March 2001 (273,106). Victoria had more registered caravans than any other state (93,752), accounting for almost one-third of all registered caravans in Australia at 31 March 2002.

There were 35,164 campervans on register at 31 March 2002.

EMPLOYEE EARNINGS AND HOURS

Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, Preliminary, May 2002 (cat. no. 6305.0) was released by the ABS on 10 December 2002. This biennial publication includes statistics on the composition and value of earnings of employees and whether their pay is set by award, collective agreement or individual agreement.

Selected data are presented by industry, including Accommodation, cafes and restaurants; Retail trade; Transport and storage; and Cultural and recreational services. Data include average weekly earnings of employees cross-classified by sex, adult/junior, full-time/part-time, and managerial/non-managerial.

In May 2002, the industry division with the lowest average weekly total earnings for all employees was Accommodation, cafes and restaurants ($422.00), followed by Retail Trade ($433.70) and Cultural and recreational services ($572.70).

In the Accommodation, cafes and restaurants industry division, average weekly total earnings were $479.80 for male employees and $376.90 for females employees. Part-time employees recorded $279.70 in average weekly total earnings.

The most common method of pay setting for employees in this industry was 'awards only' (61.3%), meaning that their pay was set at exactly the applicable award rate.

Further information on ABS publications and services can be obtained by contacting the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.


NEW TOURISM THEME PAGE ON THE WBS WEB SITE

The on-line Tourism Theme Page has been redeveloped to assist users to access tourism information, products and services.

The new site highlights self-help options. The welcome page provides summaries and links to ABS products and services, non-ABS sources of tourism information, recent developments, and more. The site also links to a 'Guide to interpreting statistics' page to help tourism users understand commonly used statistical concepts and methods.

We welcome your feedback on the new Tourism Theme Page. To provide comments, please click on the 'Provide feedback' link on the Tourism Welcome Page, or email <linda.fardell@abs.gov.au> and <carrie.ashley@abs.gov.au>.



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