4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Jul 2002  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 05/08/2002   
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There were 8.9 million visits to the 30 major amusement and theme parks in Australia during 2000-01. More than one-half of these visits (56%) were to amusement and theme parks in Queensland. On average, each amusement and theme park received $29 per visit from admission, rides, food, drinks and merchandise sales.

The 30 major amusement and theme parks employed 4,150 people, 54% of whom were casual employees. The total income for these amusement and theme parks during 2000-01 was $287 million. More than half of this income ($162 million) came from admissions and rides. The operating profit margin for these parks for 2000-01 was -9.4%.

Findings from a survey of amusement centres (i.e. indoor play centres, amusement machine centres, mini golf centres, etc.) show that at the end of June 2001 there were 288 businesses operating amusement centres in 384 locations. These centres employed 2,793 people, with 61% working on a casual basis.

Amusement centres recorded a total income for 2000-01 of $137 million, with $73 million of this being received as takings from coin-operated amusement machines.

Main features of Selected Amusement and Leisure Industries, Australia, 2000-01 are available free of charge on this site.