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Development of gaming activity parallels growth in food sales, says AHA



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A U S T R A L I A N H O T E L S A S S O C I A T I O N

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Richard J Mulcahy National Executive Director

MEDIA RELEASE

29 June 1999

Development Of Gaming Activity Parallels Growth In Food Sales. Says AHA

The Australian Hotels Association today stated that the ABS statistics highlighting an increase in gambling and food revenue were evidence that consumers were demanding a complete entertainment experience in hotels.

The ABS statistics show food sales increased in hotels offering gambling facilities from $352.7 million in 1994-95 to $510.0 million in 1997-98, representing a 44.8% increase.

Interestingly, there was a decrease of 20.69% on food revenue for hotels not offering gambling facilities, declining from $217.5 million in 1994-95 to $172.3 million in 1997-98.

"The figures show that consumers expect hotels to provide a range of entertainment products including good guality food and gambling facilities," Mr Richard Mulcahy, National Executive Director of the Australian Hotels Association said today.

"The marked increase in gambling revenue in hotels, particularly from gaming machines, is due to the introduction of these services in a number of different States.

"Governments throughout Australia should resist denying consumers the right to participate in an activity which they use as an important form of entertainment.

"As consumer expectations and interests change it is essential that hotels adapt to provide attractive entertainment services and facilities.

"It is unfortunate that a large number of hotels in both Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory are forced to compete and operate in an outdated manner because of their inability to access gaming facilities," Mr Mulcahy said.

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