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MARCH KEY FIGURES

Accommodation with 15 rooms or more
Dec Qtr 08
Mar Qtr 09
Dec Qtr 08 to Mar Qtr 09
Mar Qtr 08 to Mar Qtr 09

Trend
Takings from accommodation ($m)
1 946.2
1 913.2
-1.7 %
-2.9 %
Room occupancy rate (%)
63.4
62.7
-0.7 pts
-2.4 pts
Seasonally Adjusted
Takings from accommodation ($m)
1 953.4
1 908.1
-2.3 %
-3.1 %
Room occupancy rate (%)
63.6
62.5
-1.1 pts
-2.3 pts


ACCOMMODATION TAKINGS, Australia
Graph: ACCOMMODATION TAKINGS, Australia

ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE, Australia
Graph: ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE, Australia




MARCH KEY POINTS


ACCOMMODATION TAKINGS
  • In the March 2009 quarter, the trend estimate of total accommodation takings for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms decreased by 1.7% to $1,913.2 million compared with the December quarter 2008.
  • Over the same period, the seasonally adjusted estimate dropped by 2.3% to $1908.1 million.


ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE
  • The March quarter 2009 trend estimate room occupancy rate of 62.7% for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms was 0.7 percentage points lower than the trend estimate of 63.4% for the previous quarter.
  • This is the seventh consecutive quarterly decline in the trend estimate of room occupancy rates for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms.
  • At 62.5%, the seasonally adjusted room occupancy rate was 1.1 percentage points below the December quarter 2008 level.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
June 2009 30 September 2009
September 2009 8 January 2010



ABOUT THIS ISSUE

This issue presents results from the March quarter 2009 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.


DATA NOTES
  • ASGC 2008

Small area statistics were updated from the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) 2007 to ASGC 2008 in the March quarter 2009. Due to significant boundary changes at the Statistical Local Area level in Queensland and the Northern Territory, the composition of establishments may have changed significantly for small area statistics. The impact on State and Tourism Regions data is negligible. For more information please see 9503.0.55.001 - Tourism Region Maps and Concordance Files, Australia, 2008.
  • Victorian bush fires

The tragic Black Saturday bush fires in Victoria have resulted in a greater level of non-response and consequently a greater level of imputation. At the state level and based on March quarter 2008 estimates, the units imputed contributed around 0.7% to takings for Victoria.


INQUIRIES

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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


ORIGINAL

Hotels, motels and serviced apartments

This summary contains key findings for original estimates. While trend and seasonally adjusted data are only available for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, original estimates have two additional data series comprising hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 to 14 rooms and 5 or more rooms.

Original series are impacted by seasonal variations and irregular or non-seasonal influences. Comparison between quarters should be made with caution.

Accommodation takings

In the March quarter 2009, accommodation takings were $2,008.4 million for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms, comprising $1928.8 million for those establishments with 15 or more rooms and $79.6 million for those with 5 to 14 rooms.

Takings from accommodation, Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms - Australia
Graph: Takings from accommodation, Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms—Australia


Accommodation takings in March quarter 2009 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms were highest in New South Wales ($623.7 million) and Queensland ($474.2 million).

For Australia, the March quarter 2009 average takings per room night occupied were $150.19 for establishments with 5 or more rooms. This was heavily influenced by hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms which contributed 96.0% of total takings, and had an average takings per room night occupied of $152.79. The average for 5 to 14 room establishments was $106.36.

Average takings (a), Australia
Graph: Average takings (a), Australia


Room occupancy rate

The room occupancy rate for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms was 61.7% in the March quarter 2009. For hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, the room occupancy rate was 62.9%, while demand for 5 to 14 room hotels, motels and serviced apartments was lower, as reflected by a room occupancy rate of 47.2%.

Room occupancy rate, Australia
Graph: Room occupancy rate, Australia


Room nights occupied

Room nights occupied were 13.4 million in the March quarter 2009 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms. For hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, room nights occupied were 12.6 million in March quarter 2009, while for establishments with 5 to 14 rooms, room nights occupied were 0.7 million.

New South Wales contributed the highest proportion (31.8%) of room nights occupied for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, followed by Queensland at 25.7%.

Average length of stay

The average length of stay in March quarter 2009 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms was 2.3 days. In establishments with 15 or more rooms, the average length of stay was 2.3 days. For establishments with 5 to 14 rooms, the average length of stay was 1.9 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 (2.6 days). The shortest average length of stay was in Tasmania (1.9 days).

Star grading

In the March quarter 2009, the room occupancy rate for five-star hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms was 70.2% compared with 37.2% for one-star establishments. For hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, the room occupancy rate was 70.4% for five-star establishments compared with 45.4% for five-star establishments with 5 to 14 rooms.

In the 5-14 rooms category, room occupancy rates in the March quarter 2009, three-star establishments had the highest rate with 52.1% and one-star establishments had the lowest at 32.8%.

Occupancy rates, Stargrading - March Qtr 2009
Graph: Occupancy rates, Stargrading—March Qtr 2009


In the March quarter 2009, the average takings per room night occupied for five-star hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 5 or more rooms were $244.88 compared with $69.91 for establishments with one star. The corresponding March quarter 2009 average takings for establishments with 15 or more rooms were $244.69 for five-star establishments and $71.59 for one-star establishments.

In comparison, establishments with 5 to 14 rooms had the highest average takings per room night occupied for five-star establishments ($279.66), but lowest average takings per room night occupied for one-star establishments ($66.47).

Average takings (a), Star grading - March Qtr 2009
Graph: Average takings (a), Star grading—March Qtr 2009



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

Accommodation takings

In the March quarter 2009, accommodation takings for caravan parks were $284.8 million. Of this, New South Wales contributed the highest amount with $106.5 million (37.4%) of the Australian total for the quarter.

Short-term caravan park takings were $240.3 million in the March quarter 2009, 84.4% of total caravan park takings.

Accommodation takings for holiday flats, units and houses were $174.9 million in the March quarter 2009. Real estate takings accounted for 31.5% of total holiday flats, units and houses takings, the rest being for other letting entities.

For visitor hostels, accommodation takings were $66.5 million in the March quarter 2009.

Occupancy rate

The site occupancy rate for all caravan parks in the March quarter 2009 was 54.7%. Short-term caravan park occupancy was 51.6% and long-term caravan park occupancy was 76.5%.

For holiday flats, units and houses, the unit occupancy rate was 49.6% in the March quarter 2009.

The bed occupancy rate for visitor hostels in the March quarter 2009 was 59.2%. New South Wales and Western Australia had the highest bed occupancy rates for visitor hostels in the March quarter 2009 with 68.0% and 66.6% respectively.

Occupancy rates, Australia
Graph: Occupancy rates, Australia



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