Accommodation Industry Survey, Financial Year 1997/1998 -->
B. User Requirements, Survey Objectives, and Budget
B1 Purpose of survey
Why do you need to conduct a survey? (B1)
Note. Refers to the underlying information requirements that the survey is intended to address. For example, what problems the agency is trying to solve? What decisions need to be made? What specific policies or actions are being determined or assessed? Should detail who requires the information.
The Service Industries Project is proposing to conduct, as part of its rotating program of collections, a survey of the accommodation industry in respect of the 1997-98 reference year.
In recent times there has been considerable interest in extending the ABS Service Industries Surveys program to produce more comprehensive and more regular data on the Australian hospitality industries. The Accommodation Industry Survey is part of this thrust.
This survey will be the fifth in the series with previous surveys having been conducted in respect of 1979-80, 1986-87, 1991-92 and 1995-96. The objective of the survey is to measure the size and structure of the accommodation industry in Australia on a comparable basis to the 1995-96 survey. The 1997-98 survey will provide a benchmark against which the results from the proposed 2000-01 (Sydney Olympics year) accommodation industry survey can be measured.
The survey breaks from the normal 3 yearly cycle adopted in the service industries survey program. The main reason for this is to ensure it is conducted at the same time as the gambling industry survey which will include pubs, bars and taverns. By conducting surveys of these two industries in the one year, it will ensure there is no loss of units resulting from industry switches and misclassifications.
Early in 1996, tourism related Commonwealth and State government bodies and various accommodation associations were consulted regarding their requirements from the 1995-96 accommodation industry survey. Their main requirements were for an income and expense profile of the industry on a similar basis to previous years' surveys, and estimates of profitability of the different types of accommodation establishments.
The 1997-98 survey will also need to address requirements for the tourism satellite accounts, for which external funding is now forthcoming. Internal ABS user demand will also be canvassed and National Accounts Branch have already outlined their requirements.
Tourism related Commonwealth and State government bodies and various accommodation associations were revisited to confirm that their requirements were satisfied by the 1995-96 results and to establish their detailed requirements for the 1997-98 survey. Their requirements are:
comparable data on other like industries in order to better understand the accommodation industry in context;
more regional data, such as more regional data on profitability of accommodation establishments;
data on bed tax;
data on type of clientele, eg overseas guests;
licensed hotel estimates; and
data on paid live entertainment.
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How will the survey meet this need? That is, what are the objectives of the survey in terms of content and constraints? (B2)
Note. "Content" refers to the topics the survey will cover. If applicable, "constraints" may include: fixed costs, fixed sample size, fixed accuracy (eg target RSEs), etc.
Unit: Management units classified to ANZSIC 5710 Accommodation.
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Estimates will be produced on employment, income and expenditure, assets and liabilities, capital expenditure and performance ratios, by employment size and by State, Capital City and Rest of State regional groupings (and Gold Coast for Queensland).
Estimates of profitability of locations classified by type of activity (hotel/motel/caravan park), size of establishment (number of rooms/sites), star grading and income will also be produced for accommodation establishments operated by in-scope management units.
Estimates of proportions of establishments providing conference facilities, and available capacity (delegate spaces) will also be produced for establishments operated by in-scope management units.
What is the timetable for the survey? (B3)
Note. Should include: testing, the date data collection commences, the date data collection finishes, and when results will be available.
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Start: November 1997
End: July 1998
Frame Creation: June 1998
Sample Selection: July 1998
Start: September 1998
End: February 1999
Input Processing Period:
Start: October 1998
End: March 1999
Start: April 1999
End: June 1999
Release Date: June 1999