Lock-out laws to be good for tourism

THE state's peak tourism body has thrown its support behind the Queensland Government's controversial new "lock-out" laws.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) officials believe the measures to curb violence and early-morning unsociable behaviour will enhance the attractiveness of the state's entertainment areas and destinations.

Chief executive Daniel Gschwind said QTIC members and industry partners were overwhelmingly in support of the new legislation that will see changes to the service of alcohol as part of the Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill 2015.

"Regardless of where anyone stands on this issue, everybody wants to see less violence," Mr Gschwind said.

"A survey of QTIC members revealed that the current government's proposed changes were supported by Queensland's tourism and hospitality industry."

QTIC wrote to the chair of the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee, outlining its position on the issue of alcohol-fuelled violence.



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