Holiday Houses, Flats and Hostels in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld

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Backpacker and bed and breakfast accommodation have both been affected by weak domestic and international tourism demand, but demand for rented houses and apartments has been strong. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on Holiday Houses, Flats and Hostels industry in Australia.

IBISWorld Market Research

IBISWorld Market Research

Inbound travellers are likely to trade up to motels and serviced apartments instead of using holiday houses, flats or hostels.

Demand for accommodation offered by operators in the highly fragmented Holiday Houses, Flats and Hostels industry in Australia has been mixed over the past five years. The industry consists of three main service segments: backpacker accommodation, bed and breakfast accommodation, and short-term house and apartment rentals. While backpacker and bed and breakfast accommodation have both been affected by weak domestic and international tourism demand, demand for rented houses and apartments has been strong. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Ryan Lin, “the house and apartment rental segment, which includes privately owned houses and apartments that are rented out on short-term bases, has benefited from inbound tourists looking for cheaper travel options, especially due to the economic woes of Europe and the US.” IBISWorld expects the industry to generate revenue of $1.0 billion in 2014-15, up 0.5% on 2013-14.

The industry was negatively affected during the global financial crisis, when demand from inbound key market slowed, although to a lesser extent than other accommodation industries. Industry revenue growth has since recovered marginally. “Over much of the past five years, the high Australian dollar made long trips to Australia from the Northern Hemisphere uneconomical for many travellers,” says Lin. However, inbound travel has grown as the Australian dollar has depreciated since 2013-14. As a result, industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 0.9% over the five years through 2014-15. The industry exhibits low levels of market share concentration.

The outlook for the next five years does not bode well for the Holiday Houses, Flats and Hostels industry. The domestic tourism market is expected to remain relatively weak compared with international tourism, with lucrative inbound tourists preferring higher quality forms of accommodation. With the dollar expected to ease and remain below parity over the coming years, inbound travellers are likely to trade up to motels and serviced apartments. Much of the industry's growth will depend on the ability of individual business owners to successfully market their services to holiday-makers, particularly via the internet, which has become the main platform for small accommodation providers to advertise through.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Holiday Houses, Flats and Hostels industry in Australia report page.

Enterprises in this industry operate rented houses and apartments, bed and breakfast accommodation and backpacker hostels and other accommodation for short-term rental. The industry excludes hotels, resorts, serviced apartments, motels, caravan parks and camping grounds.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
Industry Globalisation
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.
Recognised as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every Australian industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Melbourne, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call (03) 9655 3886.

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