Tourism raises toast to liquor re­forms

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The lo­cal tourism in­dus­try is ex­pected to ben­e­fit from liquor re­forms an­nounced by the State Gov­ern­ment this week in Al­bany.

The changes al­low ac­cred­ited tourism op­er­a­tors to serve al­co­hol with­out a liquor li­cence.

Tourism busi­nesses can now in­clude al­co­hol as part of their ser­vice as long as the liquor is com­pli­men­tary.

Min­is­ter for Tourism Paul Pa­palia was in Al­bany for the an­nounce­ment and said it would be a boost for small-scale tourism.

“This will give a huge op­por­tu­nity for a lot of small tourism op­er­a­tors to be able to pro­vide a lit­tle bit of ex­tra ser­vice to their cus­tomers and to di­ver­sify their range of of­fer­ings,” he said

“It is the first part of a sig­nif­i­cant change to liquor leg­is­la­tion that we will in­tro­duce later in the year which will lib­er­alise the laws around liquor li­cens­ing.

“Tourism is a key financial driver in WA. It plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in di­ver­si­fy­ing the State's econ­omy and cre­at­ing new jobs.”

Tourism Coun­cil WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Evan Hall praised the reg­u­la­tion changes.

“This is a great an­nounce­ment for the tourism in­dus­try — we’ve long wanted the abil­ity to pro­vide our guests with fan­tas­tic food and wine ex­pe­ri­ences that show­case what WA has to of­fer,” he said.

“With the re­moval of pre­vi­ous re­stric­tions, tour op­er­a­tors will be able to of­fer great food and wine ex­pe­ri­ences fea­tur­ing lo­cal pro­duce with­out the costs and process of ob­tain­ing a liquor li­cence.”

Al­bany Whale Tours owner John Wood­bury hopes the changes will help drive more de­mand for his busi­ness’ sum­mer twi­light cruises.

“We haven’t had reg­u­lar sun­set cruises and it’s the best time to be on the wa­ter and drift around,” he said.

“The add of cham­pagne is the add of the bub­bles of joy — we’re hop­ing peo­ple will take it on board as a great way to cel­e­brate the on­com­ing Christ­mas and the end of work.”

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Min­is­ter for Tourism Paul Pa­palia an­nounced liquor re­forms this week that are ex­pected to be a boost for the tourism in­dus­try.

Al­bany Whale Tours own­ers John and For­rest Wood­bury will now of­fer a glass of cham­pagne with their twi­light cruises

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