Go ahead for WA tour operators to offer alcohol

A decision to allow accredited tour operators to supply alcohol on tours is being billed as a reflection of WA’s move towards “responsible drinking culture”.

Tourism and Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia said the approval of changes to the Liquor Control Regulations 1989 was part of the McGowan government’s focus on tourism in the State. 

“Tourism is a key financial driver in WA; it plays a significant role in diversifying the State’s economy and creating new jobs,” Mr Papalia said.

“This is one amendment in a suite of changes to come that will bring WA’s liquor laws in line with current policy and allow tourists to responsibly enjoy liquor.

From September 13 2017, tour operators who gain accreditation, are able to supply alcohol on their tours.

The reforms would see tourism businesses able to offer options such as self-serve beer and wine at barbecues or lunches, or creating a dining experience with alcoholic beverages at a regional tourist attraction. 

To become an accredited tour operator, business owners must complete training with the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program run by the Tourism Council of WA.

Under the new regulations, an agreement will be held between the Director of Liquor Licensing and the Tourism Council of WA to ensure that tour providers continue to operate to an excellent standard, with the responsible service of alcohol.

Other conditions include the supply of alcohol must only be a secondary extra to the purpose of the tour and must not be provided at an additional cost. 

Have your say: Do you think the move to allow alcohol on tours is a positive for the region’s tourism industry? Email nicky.lefebvre@fairfaxmedia.com.au with your feedback. 

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