8635.0.55.003 - Information Paper: Future changes to Tourist Accommodation, Australia, October 2013  
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This information paper details forthcoming changes to the ongoing ABS Survey of Tourist Accommodation (STA).

Change in collection frequency: quarterly to annual

The June quarter 2013 STA data release on 26 September 2013 was the last quarterly data collection and release activity for the Survey of Tourist Accommodation (STA). From 1 July 2013 the collection frequency of the STA moved from quarterly to annual, on a financial year basis. The next release of STA data will be on 19 December 2014 and will include the four quarters of the 2013-14 financial year, that is September quarter 2013, December quarter 2013, March quarter 2014 and June quarter 2014.

Change in data items

In moving to annual data collection, the data items of 'guest nights available' and 'room nights available' which were previously available on a consultancy only basis will be incorporated into the annual STA release.

The collection of 'persons employed' and 'guest arrivals' data will cease. This will result in the three data items of 'persons employed', 'guest arrivals' and 'average length of stay' (as guest arrivals are required to derive this item) no longer being available from the STA and therefore not included in future releases. Alternate data sources which can be used as a substitute for the discontinued data items are listed in the table below. Please note in all cases these data sources can be used as reliable indicators, but are not directly comparable due to differences in scope. Please refer to the explanatory information associated with the alternate publication sources for scope details.

STA Data itemEquivalent indicatorPublicationAccess details
Persons employedEmployed persons - AccommodationLabour Force Survey, Australian Bureau of StatisticsLabour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003) https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/6291.0.55.001
Guest arrivalsVisitors (Overnight visitors) - Hotel, resort, motel or motor innNational Visitor Survey, Tourism Research Australiahttp://www.tra.gov.au/publications/latest-nvs-report.html
Average length of stayAverage Nights - Hotel, resort, motel or motor innNational Visitor Survey, Tourism Research Australia
International Visitor Survey, Tourism Research Australia

Reduction in the number of catalogue numbers

The annual STA data release will incorporate the current ten separate product releases into one release. All data from the STA will be accessible through Tourist Accommodation, Australia (cat. no. 8635.0). The current individual state and territory releases will be discontinued. The annual release will continue to contain monthly and quarterly data by type of establishment and star rating. Data will continue to be available for each state/territory and Australia, and by Tourism Region and Statistical Area Level 2.

The products which will be incorporated into Tourist Accommodation, Australia (cat. no. 8635.0) and will therefore be discontinued are:
  • Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, Australia (cat. no. 8635.0.55.002)
  • Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, New South Wales (cat. no. 8635.1.55.001)
  • Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, Victoria (cat. no. 8635.2.55.001)
  • Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, Queensland (cat. no 8635.3.55.001)
  • Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, South Australia (cat. no. 8635.4.55.001)
  • Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, Western Australia (cat. no. 8635.5.55.001)
  • Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, Tasmania (cat. no. 8635.6.55.001)
  • Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, Northern Territory (cat. no. 8635.7.55.001)
  • Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, Australian Capital Territory (cat. no. 8635.8.55.001)

Further information

For further information on Tourist Accommodation statistics, please contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.