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This article was published in Tourism Indicators, Australia, June 2002 (ABS Cat. No. 8634.0).
Australian state of usual residence on Census Night
This variable refers to the place in Australia where a person usually lives, rather than the place where they were counted on Census Night. Census counts compiled on this basis are less likely to be influenced by seasonal factors such as school holidays and snow seasons, and provide information about the usual residents of an area.
Most people in the two regions were counted at home. There were 442,327 people in this group in the Gold Coast TR (92.3% of people, excluding overseas visitors) and 224,858 people (91.2%) in the Sunshine Coast TR. A similar proportion of people in Queensland were counted at home on Census Night (93.7%).
Graph F1.2 presents the state of usual residence on Census Night (excluding overseas visitors and people counted at home) of people enumerated in the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast TRs. Over 90% of these domestic visitors in both the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast were counted in a different Statistical Local Area (rather than the same Statistical Local Area).
In the Gold Coast TR, most people counted in a different Statistical Local Area listed Victoria as their usual state of residence (12,018 people or 34.0%). This was followed by Queensland (11,022 people or 31.2%) and New South Wales (7,758 people or 21.9%).
In the Sunshine Coast TR, Queensland was the state of usual residence with the most responses (7,815 people or 38.1%), then Victoria (6,484 people or 31.6%) and New South Wales (3,794 people or 18.5%).
Most people enumerated in the two regions were born in Australia. In the Gold Coast TR, 335,922 people (70.1% of people excluding overseas visitors) were born in Australia, while in the Sunshine Coast TR, 191,897 people (77.8%) were Australian-born. Similarly, for Queensland, 77.7% of people were in this group.
Graphs F1.3 and F1.4 present the top 10 countries of birth (excluding Australia) for persons enumerated in the two regions (excluding overseas visitors).
The top five countries of birth were the same for both regions. As shown below, in the Gold Coast TR, 33,469 people were born in the United Kingdom (7.0%), 31,319 in New Zealand (6.5%), 3,564 in Germany (0.7%), 2,821 in the Netherlands (0.6%) and 2,556 in South Africa (0.5%).
As shown in graph F1.4, in the Sunshine Coast TR, 17,103 people were born in the United Kingdom (6.9% of people excluding overseas visitors). There were 10,201 people (4.1%) born in New Zealand, a smaller proportion than that of the Gold Coast TR.
Germany was the country of birth for 2,065 people (0.8%), followed by the Netherlands (1,635 people or 0.7%) and South Africa (1,002 people or 0.4%).
In Queensland, the top four countries of birth (excluding Australia) were the same as in these Tourism Regions. However, the country with fifth greatest responses was Italy rather than South Africa (which ranked seventh).
This section provides the latest available data (June quarter 2002) for tourist accommodation in the Gold Coast TR and the Sunshine Coast TR. Data relate to hotels, motels (including guest houses) and serviced apartment establishments with 15 or more rooms or units.
Establishments and capacity
In the June quarter 2002, there were 147 hotels, motels (and guest houses) and serviced apartments in the Gold Coast TR (15.2% of total establishments in Queensland).
There were 101 total establishments in the Sunshine Coast TR (10.4%).
Graph F1.5 shows the number of establishments in the two regions by accommodation type.
There were 80 serviced apartments in the Gold Coast TR (54.4% of all accommodation types), 40 motels (27.2%) and 27 licensed hotels (18.4%). Compared to the Gold Coast TR, a greater proportion of total establishments in the Sunshine Coast TR were serviced apartments. The Sunshine Coast had 71 serviced apartments (70.3%), 21 motels (20.8%) and nine licensed hotels (8.9%).
Graph F1.6 presents the number of guest rooms of these establishments available in the two regions.
Guest rooms are the maximum number of rooms available at each establishment during the survey period for accommodating short-term paying guests. Units and apartments within serviced apartments are treated as rooms.
Nearly half of all guest rooms in the Gold Coast TR were in licensed hotels (6,399 rooms or 49.1% of all accommodation types). There were 4,740 rooms in serviced apartments (36.4%) and 1,889 rooms in motels (14.5%).
In the Sunshine Coast TR, there were 3,322 rooms in serviced apartments (71.1% of rooms in accommodation types in that region). The number of rooms in other accommodation types was not published due to confidentiality issues.
There were a total of 52,827 guest rooms available in Queensland in the June quarter 2002. The Gold Coast TR accounted for 13,028 rooms (24.7%) and the Sunshine Coast TR provided 4,670 rooms (8.8%) of the Queensland total.
Graph F1.7 shows room nights occupied and guest nights in the two regions in the June quarter 2002.
Room nights occupied are the total number of nights each guest room or unit was occupied during the survey period. 'Guest nights' refers to the total number of paying guests counted on each night they stayed at the accommodation establishment during the survey period. In this section, data have been rounded to the nearest 100.
There were 326,100 room nights occupied in licensed hotels in the Gold Coast TR (48.7% of all room nights occupied in that region). The next greatest number of room nights occupied was in serviced apartments (248,500 room nights occupied or 37.1%). There were 94,500 room nights occupied in motels (14.1%).
In the Sunshine Coast TR, about 70% of all room nights occupied were in serviced apartments (139,200 room nights occupied).
There were about 640,000 guest nights in both licensed hotels and serviced apartments in the Gold Coast TR. This represents 43.0% of all guest nights in each case. Motels recorded the smallest number with 207,300 guest nights (13.9%).
There were 361,700 guest nights in serviced apartments in the Sunshine Coast TR (74.9% of all guest nights in that region).
Total room nights occupied in the Gold Coast TR accounted for 24.8% of total room nights occupied and 28.8% of total guest nights in Queensland. The Sunshine Coast held a smaller percentage of occupancy (7.3% of room nights occupied in Queensland and 9.3% guest nights occupied).
Graph F1.8 presents occupancy rates for tourist accommodation. Occupancy rates are occupancy expressed as a percentage of the total capacity available for the period.
In the June quarter 2002, the room occupancy rate for total accommodation types was 56.4% in the Gold Coast TR (0.2 percentage points higher than in Queensland). Room occupancy rates by accommodation type ranged from 55.0% for motels to 56.0% for licensed hotels and 57.6% for serviced apartments.
In the Sunshine Coast TR, room occupancy rates were 46.1% for serviced apartments and 46.5% for all accommodation types.
Bed occupancy rates were generally lower than room occupancy rates. At the total level, the bed occupancy rate was 38.6% in the Gold Coast TR and 32.9% in the Sunshine Coast TR. The bed occupancy rate for total accommodation types for Queensland was 34.9%.
Guest arrivals are the total number of paying guests counted only on the first night they stayed at the accommodation establishment during the survey period.
The number of guest arrivals are provided in graph F1.9. Data have been rounded to the nearest 100.
There were 457,500 total guest arrivals in the Gold Coast TR in the June quarter 2002 (23.5% of guest arrivals for Queensland). There was a smaller proportion of guest arrivals in the Sunshine Coast TR (155,500 arrivals or 8.0% of guest arrivals for Queensland).
Over half of all guest arrivals in the Gold Coast TR were in licensed hotels (250,300 arrivals or 54.7%). This was followed by 146,800 guest arrivals in serviced apartments (32.1%) and 60,400 guest arrivals in motels (13.2%).
In the Sunshine Coast TR, two thirds of guest arrivals were in serviced apartments (103,600 arrivals).
Average length of stay
Graph F1.10 presents the average length of stay in both the Gold Coast TR and the Sunshine Coast TR. Data are expressed in numbers of days and calculated by dividing guest nights by guest arrivals.
In the June quarter 2002, the greatest average length of stay of all accommodation types was in serviced apartments in the Gold Coast TR (4.4 days) and in the Sunshine Coast TR (3.5 days).
The average length of stay for all accommodation types was 3.3 days in the Gold Coast TR (0.6 days more than in Queensland) and 3.1 in the Sunshine Coast TR (0.4 days more than Queensland).
Takings from accommodation
Since 1 July 2000, takings from accommodation include gross revenue from the provision of accommodation, including the Goods and Services Tax. Takings from meals are excluded.
Graph F1.11 presents takings by accommodation type for both regions.
In the June quarter 2002, takings from all accommodation types were $69.1m in the Gold Coast TR (24.5% of takings in Queensland) and $21.9m in the Sunshine Coast TR (7.7%).
In the Gold Coast TR, most takings were generated from hotels ($40.5m or 58.6% of total takings), followed by serviced apartments ($21.2m or 30.6%) and motels ($7.4m or 10.8%).
In the Sunshine Coast TR, takings from accommodation in serviced apartments were $15.2m or 69.6% of total takings.
This article provides examples of some of the information that is available for Tourism Regions and other geographic levels (such as Statistical Local Areas). Many more variables describing the population of these areas are available, including age, sex, income levels, marital status and family type.
Census data used in this article were obtained from first release Basic Community Profiles (BCPs). BCPs are free of charge on the ABS web site down to the Statistical Local Area geographic level and are available for purchase for Collection Districts (the smallest available geographic level). These products comprise 21 tables containing the key characteristics of persons, families and dwellings. Second release BCPs, due for release in November 2002, will comprise 12 additional tables, including industry by age by sex of employed persons, and occupation by age by sex.
Census Snapshots, which present information in a narrative format, are free of charge on the ABS web site at the Australia, state/territory, Capital City Statistical Division, and Statistical Local Area geographic levels.
A range of other regional data are available, including regional statistics compendium publications published under cat. no. 1362, followed by the appropriate state/territory trailing character. These annual publications present summary demographic, economic, social and environmental statistics for geographic areas such as Local Government Areas, Statistical Districts and Statistical Divisions. Data may include: population, births, deaths, building approvals, agriculture, retail turnover, industry, education and training, health, labour force, wages and prices, local government finance, overseas trade, tourism, transport, and environmental protection and assets statistics.
For more information, please refer to the ABS web site <http:\\www.abs.gov.au> or contact the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.
APPENDIX: COMPOSITION OF THE GOLD COAST AND SUNSHINE COAST TOURISM REGIONS
CONCORDANCE BETWEEN STATISTICAL LOCAL AREAS (SLAs) OF THE AUSTRALIAN STANDARD GEOGRAPHIC CLASSIFICATION (2001 EDITION) AND TOURISM REGIONS
Tourism Regions,Queensland - 2001
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