A TOUR company which brings visitors to the Swan Valley has welcomed proposed State Government changes to liquor control regulations.
Perth Tours WA tours and operations manager Patricia Games said sometimes the company’s Swan Valley tour was for a birthday celebration so they would be able to welcome guests with a glass of champagne.
East Metropolitan MLC and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier Alyssa Hayden said the removal of two restrictions would allow tourism operators to offer guests a glass of wine or stubby of beer during the normal activities of their service.
Mrs Hayden said removing the restrictions and other changes announced by the Premier Colin Barnett when he opened the 2016 WA Tourism Conference were important for tourism in the Swan Valley and Perth Hills.
“Perth’s transformation as a destination means it now has more to offer visitors and the diverse range of attractions including wineries, breweries, restaurants, cafes, galleries and trails that connect the Swan Valley through to the Perth Hills and the Bickley Valley, will enable the region to capitalize on the renewed marketing focus on the city,’’ she said.
“It was a proud moment when the Premier announced changes to the liquor control regulations that will provide local tourism operators with the option to serve alcohol, be it at the end of a sunset cruise, a bush walk, a camel ride, hot air balloon flight or a picnic as part of their tour, without the requirement for a liquor licence.’’
Mr Barnett told the more than 400 tourism operators at the conference that the State Government, through Tourism WA, and Qantas, had entered into a new $7.2 million marketing deal over three years that was expected to bring thousands of visitors to the state.
He said the agreement would be used to promote inbound travel to Western Australia from the east coast, Singapore, the United States and New Zealand, and to encourage wider dispersal through flights to Broome, Exmouth and other regional destinations.
“Perth is going through a once in 100-year transformation thanks to unprecedented public and private investment,” he said.
“It’s important for us to activate the new infrastructure – the hotels, bars, restaurants and public spaces – with leisure and business visitors.”
By Anita McInnes