8688.0 - Selected Amusement and Leisure Industries, Australia, 2000-01  
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April 30, 2002
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)

Amusement and theme parks attract 8.9 million visits

The turnstiles at Australia's thirty major amusement and theme parks clicked over almost 9 million times during 2000-01, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

The publication, Selected Amusement and Leisure Industries, Australia shows that during 2000-01:
  • A total of 8.9 million visits were recorded in the 30 major amusement and theme parks in Australia.
  • Most visits (56%) were to amusement and theme parks in Queensland, (four of the six largest parks are located there).
  • Each amusement and theme park received an average of $29 per visit from admission, rides, food, drinks and merchandise sales.
  • The 30 major parks, employed 4,150 people. The majority (54%) of these were casual employees.
  • Total income recorded during 2000-01 was $287 million with the largest parks receiving 86%. More than half of total income came from admissions and rides ($162 million), with other income sources; sale of merchandise ($43 million), takings from meals and food ($37 million) and sale of beverages ($15 million).
  • Total operating profit before tax was negative $27 million, representing an operating profit margin of -9.4%.

Findings, also released in the publication, from a survey of Amusement Centres (ie. indoor play centres, amusement machine centres, mini golf centres, etc.), at the end of June 2001 include:
  • There were 288 businesses operating amusement centres in 384 locations. Most operations (236) were carried out at in capital cities and suburbs. Of the 384 locations, more than a third (138) were amusement machine centres.
  • The amusement centres employed 2,793 people, the majority (61%) working on a casual basis.
  • Total income recorded for 2000-01 was $137 million, of which more than half ($73 million) was received as takings from coin operated amusement machines. Other major income sources were playing fees/admissions ($42 million) and sales of goods ($17 million).

More details are available in Selected Amusement and Leisure Industries, Australia, 2000-01 (cat. no. 8688.0).