8635.0 - Tourist Accommodation, Australia, 2015-16  
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INTRODUCTION


1 The Survey of Tourist Accommodation (STA) is a census of all in-scope accommodation establishments with 15 or more rooms. The STA frame is based on accommodation lists provided by industry sources. Annual frame maintenance of the collection always results in regular "ons" (openings) and "offs" (closures) of accommodation units on the STA frame. For the 2014-15 frame maintenance exercise, a new industry source was used which resulted in a much larger number of units (279) being added to the STA frame than usual. The addition of these establishments resulted in a break in the series. See the Technical note in the 2014-15 release for further information.

2 During processing of 2015-16 STA data, it became clear that 40 accommodation establishments added during the 2014-15 frame maintenance exercise were duplicates of establishments already on the frame. As a consequence the 2014-15 STA data has been overstated. This overstatement is not significant, with the duplicated units representing less than 1% of the total survey frame (4,478 units) for 2014-15. Data for 2015-16 is not affected by the duplicated records.

3 Table 1 below shows the effect of the duplicates on the total establishment count for 2014-15.

Table 1: Number of establishments added as a result of 2014-15 Frame Maintenance process, State/territory,
September quarter 2014

2014-15 Original
2014-15 Duplicates
2014-15 Revised 1

New South Wales
73
13
60
Victoria
50
8
42
Queensland
105
9
96
South Australia
13
5
8
Western Australia
16
3
13
Tasmania
5
0
5
Northern Territory
8
0
8
Australian Capital Territory
9
2
7
Australia
279
40
239

1. Duplicate establishments and their associated values have been removed.


4 Whilst the overstatement is small, the change in data as a result of removing the duplicate records is significant enough to impact the direction of the net change in some state level data between 2014-15 and 2015-16 in the original estimates. Therefore users should exercise caution when comparing 2014-15 and 2015-16 original data. Note that the duplicates have no impact on the seasonally adjusted and trend estimates due to the methodology used to calculate these series.

5 To assist users in interpreting movements between the 2014-15 and the 2015-16 series, revised 2014-15 state and national level estimates (in original terms) for key data items (number of establishments, number of rooms, room nights, occupancy rates and takings from accommodation) are included in the technical note tables in the downloads tab of this release. These tables show aggregates for 2014-15 as previously published as well as revised 2014-15 data with the duplicates removed. Movements between these respective series and the latest 2015-16 data are also shown. Tables 8 to 11 show revised 2014-15 data including national, state and limited tourism region data. ABS does not generally revise STA data due to confidentiality limitations, and so a complete set of revised data including Tourism Region and Statistical Area 2 for 2014-15 will not be released.

6 Users should contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 for further information on the impacts of the duplicates.