The tragic Black Saturday bush fires in Victoria have resulted in a greater level of non-response to the Survey of Tourist Accommodation 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.
In March quarter 2009, total accommodation takings for hotels, motels and serviced apartments in Victoria with 15 or more rooms were $367.7m, a decrease of 2.9% from March quarter 2008. The Melbourne Tourism Region accounted for the majority of Victoria's accommodation takings (77.9%).
The highest percentage growth in accommodation takings between March quarter 2008 and March quarter 2009 was recorded in the Tourism Region of Spa Country (63.8%), followed by Phillip Island (33.6%) and Ballarat (9.3%). The largest decreases in accommodation takings were recorded in the Tourism Regions of Macedon (-33.9%), Lakes (-16.4%) and Murray East (-10.9%).
Estimates for some Tourism Regions were not available for separate publication in March quarter 2008 or March quarter 2009. Therefore, it is not possible to derive the percentage change of takings from accommodation between these two quarters. The affected Tourism Regions are Wimmera, Western Grampians, Gippsland, Melbourne East, Central Highlands and Upper Yarra, and hence these regions have not been included in the regional commentary above or the graph below. Total takings from accommodation in these regions decreased by 8.2% between March quarter 2008 and March quarter 2009.
View underlying table as an Excel spreadsheet: 1367.2 Tourist Accommodation, By Tourism Region - March Quarter 2009 (file size 30kB)