4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Jul 2001  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/08/2001   
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On 11 May 2001, the ABS released Tourism Indicators Australia, December 2000 (ABS Cat. no. 8634.0; $27.00). This publication includes a special article on the impact of the Sydney Olympics on tourist accommodation across Australia.

In September 2000, overall takings across all types of accommodation were 114% higher than in September 1999. The following chart clearly highlights the impact of the Olympics on monthly takings in NSW (it should be noted that data from July 2000 onwards includes the GST).

Monthly Takings from Tourist Accommodation, NSW
graph - Monthly Takings from Tourist Accommodation, NSW

In Sydney, takings in September 2000 were 162% higher than those in September 1999. Sydney contributed 82% to the total takings for New South Wales and 43% to takings nationally for September 2000.

While tourist accommodation takings and room occupancy rates soared in New South Wales, and in particular in Sydney, during the Olympics, figures relating to tourist accommodation across the rest of Australia showed little change in comparison with the same period in 1999.