Many tourism related businesses will be affected by the Alcohol Reform Bill currently being considered by Parliament. The bill proposes a number of drastic changes to the laws around purchase age, trading hours, special day trading, applying and holding licences and enforcement. These changes will see licences become a lot harder to get and some say, a lot easier to lose.
To many the changes to this act seem obvious to affect hotels, restaurants, bars, café’s and taverns, however it is also important to remember with changes to special licences and off-licences the changes could also effect wineries, ferries, airlines, gift shops, special events, festivals as well as entertainment and sporting venues. The changes to this bill will have effects right across the tourism industry.
I would very much recommend you visit the HANZ website, where there is more in-depth information on what the reforms could mean to different licence holders, giving you information on how to write a submission – http://www.hanz.org.nz/industry/alcohol_reform_bill.html
I have completed the submissions from our three licenced outlets, which highlighted a number of areas resulting in significant loss of revenue, extra staffing hours through the changing of procedures and additional costs through increased fees.
Many of the industry colleagues I have spoken to recently have not yet put in a submission – many unsure whether they will. If your business will be affected by these proposed changes I strongly recommend that you make a submission – ultimately that is the reason for this process. Submission close on 18th February – make sure you have your say!