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At 31 December 2000 there were 194,926 rooms available in Australia in hotels, motels, guest houses and serviced apartments having 15 or more rooms or units (table 22.23). This was an increase of 3% over the number available at 31 December 1999. The number of serviced apartments having 15 or more rooms or units increased by 8% (to 646) over the same period. During 2000 the supply of accommodation exceeded demand, with room occupancy rates of 64% for hotels, 53% for motels, and 59% for serviced apartments.

Takings from these accommodation establishments increased by 13% in the calendar year 2000 compared to 1999. While takings increased in the March and June quarters compared to the same quarters in 1999, larger increases occurred in the September and December quarters due at least partly to higher tariffs during the Olympic and Paralympic Games period. The introduction of the Goods and Services Tax and its inclusion in accommodation takings from 1 July 2000 also contributed.

The Survey of Tourist Accommodation (STA) was expanded during calendar year 2000 to include holiday flats and units, caravan parks and visitor hostels.

In the three years to December 2000, the number of holiday flats, units and houses with 15 or more rooms and units available for short-term letting increased by 4% to 29,835. Demand kept pace with the increase in supply, resulting in a marginal rise in the occupancy rate in 2000 compared to 1997 (up 0.1 percentage points). Takings increased by 17% to $401.6m over the three year period.

There were 244,905 vans, sites, cabins or flats available in caravan parks with 40 or more powered sites at the end of 2000. This was a decrease of 4% compared to results for 1997, when these establishments were last included in the STA. While the number of powered and unpowered sites and on-site vans all fell, the number of cabins and flats increased by 36%. This increase in the quantity of the more expensive cabins and flats is reflected in a 22% increase in takings over the three year period to $593.8m. Occupancy increased by 2.3 percentage points.

For the calendar year 2000 there was a 33% increase in bed spaces available in visitor hostels with 25 or more beds. Takings increased by 71% to $129.8m, when compared with 1997 annual figures. Bed occupancy rates also increased slightly, by just over one percentage point.

22.23 TOURIST ACCOMMODATION(a) - 2000

Quarter ended

Units
March
June
September
December
Year ended
December 2000

LICENSED HOTELS WITH FACILITIES(b)

Establishments
no.
767
767
774
780
780
Guest rooms
no.
73,760
74,302
76,607
76,783
76,783
Bed spaces
no.
197,179
197,513
203,977
204,109
204,109
Room occupancy rates
%
63.3
62.0
63.3
65.3
63.5
Bed occupancy rates
%
38.9
37.2
38.8
40.3
38.8
Gross takings from accommodation
$’000
556,825
525,795
681,214
659,337
2,423,170

MOTELS AND GUEST HOUSES WITH FACILITIES(b)

Establishments
no.
2,411
2,412
2,412
2,402
2,402
Guest rooms
no.
85,821
86,091
85,078
84,722
84,722
Bed spaces
no.
254,335
254,578
251,929
250,170
250,170
Room occupancy rates
%
53.1
53.4
53.1
52.4
53.0
Bed occupancy rates
%
31.6
31.2
31.5
31.2
31.4
Gross takings from accommodation
$’000
337,890
335,620
383,303
359,491
1,416,305

SERVICED APARTMENTS(b)

Establishments
no.
611
626
641
646
646
Guest rooms
no.
31,542
32,437
33,394
33,421
33,421
Bed spaces
no.
107,951
110,381
113,130
113,267
113,267
Room occupancy rates
%
60.0
55.9
60.9
60.3
59.3
Bed occupancy rates
%
38.8
34.8
39.0
38.8
37.8
Gross takings from accommodation
$’000
193,602
178,063
237,641
221,080
830,387

TOTAL HOTELS, MOTELS AND SERVICED APARTMENTS(b)

Establishments
no.
3,789
3,805
3,827
3,828
3,828
Guest rooms
no.
191,123
192,830
195,079
194,926
194,926
Bed spaces
no.
559,465
562,472
569,036
567,546
567,546
Room occupancy rates
%
58.2
57.1
58.4
58.8
58.1
Bed occupancy rates
%
35.5
34.0
35.6
36.0
35.3
Room nights occupied
’000
10,088
10,000
10,449
10,543
41,080
Gross takings from accommodation
$’000
1,088,317
1,039,478
1,302,158
1,239,908
4,669,862

HOLIDAY FLATS, UNITS AND HOUSES(b)

Flats, units etc.
- One bedroom
no.
4,876
4,889
4,989
5,218
5,218
- Multiple bedroom
no.
23,377
22,585
23,243
24,617
24,617
- Total flats, units etc.
no.
28,253
27,474
28,232
29,835
29,835
Bed spaces
no.
127,195
126,264
132,123
136,445
136,445
Unit occupancy rates
%
54.2
43.3
49.2
51.5
49.6
Unit nights occupied
'000
1,389.1
1,081.6
1,273.1
1,367.3
5,111.2
Gross takings from accommodation
$'000
106,110
73,957
104,345
117,212
401,623

CARAVAN PARKS(c)

Establishments
no.
1,827
1,818
1,803
1,800
1,800
Capacity
- Powered sites(d)
no.
176,451
176,597
176,435
175,863
175,863
- Unpowered sites
no.
43,908
44,607
44,642
44,806
44,806
- Cabins, flats etc.
no.
23,658
24,067
23,942
24,236
24,236
- Total capacity
no.
244,017
245,271
245,019
244,905
244,905
Site occupancy rates(e)
%
51.2
48.9
49.6
48.4
49.5
Site nights occupied
’000
11,368
10,909
11,171
10,896
44,344
Gross takings from accommodation
$'000
148,825
132,272
154,908
157,838
593,843

VISITOR HOSTELS(e)

Establishments
no.
478
467
466
466
466
Bed spaces
no.
39,792
39,415
40,336
40,659
40,659
Bed occupancy rates
%
50.4
48.9
48.0
48.6
49.0
Guest nights
'000
1,810
1,753
1,778
1,813
7,155
Gross takings from accommodation
$'000
30,664
29,624
34,718
34,791
129,797

(a) Comprising establishments with 15 or more rooms or units.
(b) For definitions see the source below.
(c) Comprising establishments with 40 or more powered sites and cabins. Includes long-term caravan parks.
(d) Includes on-site vans.
(e) Comprising establishments with 25 or more beds.

Source: Tourist Accommodation, Australia (8635.0), December quarter 2000 and March quarter 2001.


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