Category: Alcohol

The Tourism News Alcohol page focuses on the regulation, distribution, marketing and consumption of alcohol in the tourism and hospitality contexts.


Penalty rate cuts for Arts+Rec, not F&B

Editorial

Tourism groups have largely welcomed the Productivity Commission’s 23rd Feb 2017 cut to Sunday penalty rates, but restaurant and cafe operators have been left at square one – there is no cut to penalty rates in restaurants and cafes, or in clubs. More details – and an explainer – here. Continue reading

RSL sub-branches close whilst group sits on millions

Editorial

The Returned and Services Leagues Clubs (RSLs) of NSW are rolling in money, but precious little is being spent on veterans. Some NSW state sub-branches sit on millions of dollars in assets, especially property assets, because they don’t trust higher levels with their money, whilst the RSL nationally is legally a charity. Meanwhilst, multiple RSL Sub-branches close because they lack the legal expertise and funding to fight property battles. The iconic Five Islands RSL at Speers Point NSW – a treasured venue on the shores of NSW’ Lake Macquarie – sold in 2014 for just over $1m, a figure which barely buys a house on the shores of Lake Macquarie. Continue reading

Albany Premier Hotel burnt down by licensee

Editorial

Another tourism operator has burnt down his own hotel in an apparent insurance job, but with a twist – he tried to stage a robbery excuse too, complete with fake CCTV footage. Licensee Graeme Cooper is alleged to have done extensive damage by arson to the historic Albany Premier Hotel in WA. Four other people – accomplices – were charged before Cooper was. Continue reading

RSL board being paid off with development $$$

Editorial

If you felt that RSLs have had more focus on profit than on veterans, you’re right. The ABC has revealed that the RSL federal president, along with three other board members, have been paid together $300k a year for at least three years from the RSL’s billion-dollar nursing home development offshoot, RSL LifeCare. The NSW board members’ positions at least are prohibited from councillors taking what it calls ‘a position of profit’ within the organisation. Continue reading

Adelaide Fringe gets balance wrong for 2016

Editorial

TTN: The Adelaide Fringe’s huge crowds are still turning up – but more for nights out partying and sight-seeing rather than to shows, leaving genuine ‘fringe’ artists (not mainstream/ up and coming) on the outer fringe of a fringe show. With over 40% of tickets being sold for smaller venues (as opposed to previous years’ 20% small-venue sales), event organisers concede that it’s the competition of over 1100 shows that has left some performers without sell-out crowds. Continue reading

Creative thinking + investment can limit violence

Editorial

This article in the Sydney Morning Herald explores what large cities around the globe do to invest in their night-time economies – including targeted police beats that cooperate with bar owners, staggered closing times to prevent critical masses of revellers, and even little teams of volunteers diffusing sticky situations one by one. Continue reading

Submissions invited for alcohol law review

Editorial

Australia does have a problem with alcohol-related violence, but measures taken to avoid it has seen Sydney’s nightlife extremely depleted and angered the public. Prior to a national enquiry to be headed by Senator Glenn Lazarus, tourism operators are invited to send their observations on liquor laws and subsequent safety and cultural issues to info@thetourismnews.com.au. Your submissions will be included in our parent company’s submission to the review. Continue reading

Perth arts event left to the dogs of the city

Editorial

Performers at the Perth Fringe Festival, ‘Fringe World’, are reporting increased abuse in which artists are ‘followed, cat-called and harrassed’ year-on-year. One drag artist was told he should have his head cut off. Continue reading

Bad layout blocks retailers from 250k festival-goers

Editorial

Image: Canberra retailer Mal Briggs’ comic book shop is blocked by tents for the entirety of the National Multicultural Festival. The Canberra festival lines up stall holders in front of existing shops, turning a 250,000-strong event into a loss for the usual shop-owners. Festival organisers, instead of conceding a new layout would be appropriate, says business owners need to compromise. Jane Easthope, chief executive of Canberra CBD Ltd, suggested to the ABC that the festival is not for shop-owners – which is funny because the group’s marketing company says the event is funded ‘out of a levy of property owners’. Continue reading

Newcastle Hotel Historian Ed Tonks

Editorial

This Tourism Conversation explores the rich history of Newcastle’s hotel architecture and it’s agreed – linkages between different functions of the city are the most engaging aspects of tourism. Continue reading

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