14 November 2011

Hotels Association not impressed by late licence fee changes

| johnboy
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The Australian Hotels Association started screaming blue murder last week about Simon Corbell’s liquor licence fee changes.

They followed up with more unhappiness on Friday.

AHA ACT General Manager Gwyn Rees said at first glance where reprieve has been offered to many sectors the Government has glossed over the impacts to the tourism accommodation industry.

“The Government claims this new structure is evidence-based on risk however places hotels at the same level as a full-service entertainment club. There is no comparison that can be drawn with a venue that has access to gaming and poker machines.

“During the six month review, more than half of the 931 police reported alcohol-related incidents occurred at nightclubs and clubs. Clubs however have been spared with nightclubs subject to a 44% increase.

“The impact of these fees will hurt the hotel industry. An average hotel operating to 2am will now be slugged with a licencing fee of $11,500, up from $8,661.

Simon Corbell on The Beast right now is saying bars have been mis-classifying themselves, which some would think indicates an unwieldy regulatory environment.

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