Victoria reaped $446 million in accommodation takings in the March quarter, a rise of 7.6 per cent on the same period of last year, fuelled by growth in Melbourne and regional areas such as the Goldfields, Murray region and Great Ocean Road.
Latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows there was a 6.5 per cent rise in takings in regional Victoria, when compared with the same time last year, to $96.1 million and an 8 per cent increase in Melbourne takings to $349.9 million.
The statistics include Victorian hotels, motels and serviced apartments of 15 rooms or more.
The number of rooms available in Victoria grew by 1138 to 43,109, driven by a strong increase in Melbourne (which gained 1234 rooms), while the number of rooms in regional Victorian declined by 96.
Also increasing were the room nights occupied (up 5.3 per cent to 2.6 million), occupancy rates (up one percentage point to 68.4 per cent) and employment (up 2.8 per cent to 22,922). Victoria’s employment growth was stronger than the national average, and the results in Queensland and New South Wales.
The number of Victorian establishments remained steady at 812.
Accommodation takings in the Goldfields rose 13.7 per cent to $11.7 million, in the Murray region 12.1 per cent to $16.5 million and in the Great Ocean Road area 6.5 per cent to $25.8 million. Takings in Victoria’s High Country grew 6.2 per cent to $6.6 million and for Phillip Island takings increased 3.1 per cent to $6.3 million.
Estimates were not available for the Grampians, Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges for the March 2012 quarter and for the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region for the March 2011 quarter, so comparisons could not be formulated for these regions.