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Survey of Tourist Accommodation


Tourism National Project Centre
Australian Bureau of Statistics
GPO Box 9817

Telephone: Brisbane (07) 3222 6215
Facsimile: Brisbane (07) 3222 6284

Email: client.services@abs.gov.au


To provide a measure of activity in short-term commercial accommodation in Australia.

Data Detail

  • number of establishments/letting entities;
  • capacity (rooms/units/sites, bed spaces);
  • occupancy (room/unit/site nights, guest nights, guest arrivals);
  • occupancy rates (room/unit/site, bed spaces);
  • average length of stay (days);
  • takings from accommodation;
  • employment (persons);
  • seasonally adjusted and trend estimates for room nights and takings, hotels and motels/guest houses; and
  • takings at constant prices for hotels, motels/guest houses.
Data are available by establishment type, star grading and geographic area. From July 2000, the item 'gross takings from accommodation' includes the Goods and Services Tax (GST)

Geographic coverage

Australia. Small area data are available at Statistical Local Area level, subject to confidentiality constraints.

Frequency of data availability

Quarterly - including monthly occupancy measures and takings.

Historical data

Due to Commonwealth Government Budget cuts in 1997 to the ABS's funding, the scope of the STA has been reduced as from 1 January 1998. The survey now comprises three elements:
(i) an on-going collection confined to Hotels, Motels and Guest houses (with toilet/washing facilities in most rooms) and Serviced apartments, with 15 or more rooms/units. Serviced Apartments were previously included under other headings, but are now being separately identified due to their growing importance as competitors to hotels and motels.
(ii) a triennial expansion of the on-going quarterly survey to include caravan parks (with 40 or more powered sites), visitor hostels (with 25 or more beds) and remaining Holiday flats and units (with 15 or more units); and
(iii) compilation of annual accommodation counts of number of establishments and capacity data covering the scope of the STA conducted up to the end of December 1997, ie. Hotels, Motel, Guest houses and Serviced apartments (with 5 or more rooms/units);Caravan parks (with 5 or more powered sites);Visitor hostels; and Holiday flats and units establishments (other than those included with Serviced apartments) (with 5 or more units).

Products and services available


Tourism Indicators, Australia (cat. no. 8634.0)
Tourist Accommodation, Australia (cat. no. 8635.0)


Special data services are available on request i.e.

Floppy disc: All original data items down to Statistical Division Level.

Integrated Register database: All original data items down to Statistical Division Level.

AUSSTATS: Room Nights occupied and Takings for each month, for each State.Territory and Australia.

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