Liquor reform to boost WA tourism

18 November 2014

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed the reforms to the Liquor Control Act introduced to Parliament today. The reforms focus on the needs of patrons and visitors and will boost customer service and tourism across the state.

“Food and alcohol experiences are the single most popular activity of visitors to Western Australia, exceeding shopping, going to the beach and nature-based tourism” said Mr Hall.

“The liquor reforms will unleash Western Australia as a food and wine destination” said Mr Hall.

“The reforms will allow tours, restaurants and wineries to offer the best food and wine experiences for customers” said Mr Hall.

“Under the new reforms, the WA tourism industry will be able to expand food and wine offerings on Sundays when customers are looking for service” said Mr Hall.

“Regional reforms and enhanced Sunday trading will particularly assist long distance caravan and self-drive tours across regional WA” said Mr Hall.

In particular Tourism Council WA welcomed:

  • The needs of the consumer as a primary objective of the Act.
  • Exemption for Accredited tour operators to provide small quantities of alcohol.
  • Parallel processing of liquor licence and planning applications for new tourism developments.
  • Collective cellar door / visitor servicing outlets for producers.
  • Extended Sunday trading hours for hotels, taverns and small bars.
  • Sunday trading for liquor stores in major regional centres.
  • Combined cellar door and restaurant licence for wineries.

Tourism Council WA noted that further liquor reforms are still needed for the state to remain competitive in the future and meet customer needs and expectations.

“This is the first step, not the last step in liquor reform” said Mr Hall.

“We congratulate Minister Waldron for focussing on customer service and needs of visitors” said Mr Hall.

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