Tourism operators applaud loosening liquor laws

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Beer and wine drinkers might soon be able to walk among the teetotallers now that Ontario’s Liberals plan to loosen the province’s liquor laws.

    It’s a move some Niagara Falls tourism operators say will help the industry.

    Attorney General Chris Bentley announced plans to overhaul the rules preventing Ontario resorts from offering the kind of all-inclusive packages popular at Caribbean resorts where alcoholic drinks are built into the price.

    Among the changes being considered are dropping the need for beer tents, extending the hours that alcohol can be sold at special events, allowing all-inclusive packages in Ontario and enabling people to circulate with drinks in-hand in retail booth areas of festivals.

    “We believe any well-managed policy that makes us more competitive on the international stage would be beneficial to the industry,” said Keith Simmonds, general manager of Great Wolf Lodge.

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