Definition: Net occupancy rate of rooms
Occupancy rates give information on differences in use between various types of accommodation and, when measured on a monthly basis, indicate the seasonal patterns.
For hotels and similar establishments, the room occupancy rate can be a better measure of capacity utilisation than bed occupancy because a room with a double bed is very often occupied by only one person. This is calculated by dividing the total number of rooms used during the month (the sum of the rooms in use per day) by the average number of rooms available for the month multiplying the quotient by 100 to express the result as a percentage.
Formula: Vn = (Q/Hd) x 100
where Q is the monthly (yearly) sum of occupied rooms and Hd is the number of rooms actually available for use, net of seasonal or other temporary closures.
Occupancy rates for houses, chalets, etc., can be calculated like rooms.
Eurostat, "Methodological manual on the design and implementation of surveys on inbound tourism", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 2000, Appendix A, Classification and Glossary