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wait times outside of venues after 10pm,
leaving patrons frustrated. To make the
situation worse, not all venues are in the same
boat, with the ID scanning not applying to
pubs outside of the SNPs, or who do not trade
past midnight. It also does not apply to venues
with a small bar license. Fitzgibbons expects
these venues to become more popular late-night
options, and to even use the advantage as a
"Next thing we'll see venues, with big
banners out front with 'No scanning here', like
a marketing advantage."
All of the operators Australian Hotelier
spoke to stated they would be happy with a
compromise of starting ID scanning at midnight,
with the current 10pm start seeming arbitrary.
"I think a midnight scanning start would be
so in line with every other piece of legislation,
and would make sense," states Alex Farquhar,
director of The Caxton.
With ID scanning restricting trade, operators
are having to re-evaluate their business models.
One driver that has been gaining more attention
is gaming. Once dominated by Treasury Casino,
ALH Group and Spirit Hotels, more operators
are now viewing gaming as a way to supplement
other revenue streams.
The most recent Pig 'N' Whistle at Redbank
Plains, is the first to include gaming in its offering.
"It's going really well. It's our first foray
into gaming for the group. So that's been an
interesting little learning curve for the company,
and the first foray outside of the CBD, so that's
had its own challenges, but at the same time its
own opportunities," explains Angela Cervetto,
marketing manager for Mantle Group.
Brad Jenkins, group general manager for
Drinx Group, says he has implemented the
strategy of one third gaming, one third food
and one third beverage at The Belvedere
Hotel. While the F&B offering has had a
significant upgrade in the last year, Jenkins
"IT COULD BE ARGUED THAT
THE BRISBANE MARKET IS
THE SECOND MOST SOUGHT
CAPITAL CITY AT THE
CURRENT TIME FOR HOTEL
SYDNEY." GLENN PRICE,
RAY WHITE HOTELS
says the gaming room of the venue is slated to
have an upgrade next.
According to Glenn Price, director of
investment sales -- hotels and accommodation,
Queensland at Ray White Hotels, gaming
continues to be a prosperous area of investment
for hoteliers. Despite having the highest tax
rates in the country, Queensland gaming
legislation is viewed as the most stable, and
Price says knowledgeable operators are seeing a
return on investment.
"Total state gaming revenue for September
2017 has increased 2.82 per cent on September
the previous year. September is the fifth month in
a row in which the state's hotels and clubs gaming
machines have recorded positive increases."
Tourism is a big part of Queensland's economy,
and Brisbane is becoming a more significant
part of that equation. According to Tourism and
Events Queensland (TEQ), both domestic and
international visitation to the city increased in
the year ending March 2017, up by 9.3 per cent
and 4.9 per cent respectively. Expenditure for
both types of tourism are also up in the city.
For pubs in the CBD and other precincts,
catching the tourist dollar can be a big part
of their business model -- as is the case for all
six of the Pig N Whistle venues in the CBD,
particularly when large sporting events are on.
"We've got a really close relationship with
TEQ and Brisbane Marketing because we've got
so many venues in the CBD," explains Cervetto.
"We're also convention members, so that
if there's something big coming to town, they
think of us. We're good for expats, so when
there's Ashes touring, we've got a really close
relationship with the Barmy Army as well. That's
something that's been developed over the years.
We also do activations around the Bledisloe Cup,
the Rugby League World Cup etc."
One major new development in Brisbane
is the construction of the $3 billion Queen's
Wharf casino, a cause of some concern for
The newly renovated Osbourne
Hotel in Fortitude Valley
Food is the main focus at Port Office Hotel
Osbourne Hotel in
Beverages are a significant
business driver at The Belvedere
Lower food price points are
having great success at Fox Hotel
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