The hospitality industry is enjoying an upwards swing, with cafés, restaurants and takeaway food services taking in more business last year than in previous years.
The Queensland hospitality industry was a particularly strong performer in 2014, according to recent figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which show a 15 per cent revenue boost compared with 2013.
Australia-wide, a 0.8 per cent increase in hospitality-related revenue was recorded, compared with the previous year.
Restaurant and Catering Australia chief executive officer John Hart said the Sunshine State’s hospitality scene is one of the most dynamic in the country, and attributed much of its success to cuts in red tape that have made liquor licensing more attainable.
“You’re getting more openings and really big, exciting, busy concepts happening in Brissy than you are elsewhere in the country… and I think that’s incredibly exciting,” he told The Courier-Mail.
Innovation in the state has been driven by existing vendors that have taken on new challenges, rather than new entrants to the sector, according to Mr Hart.
“It’s people reinventing themselves and the other real trend out there is to have owners owning a larger number of properties,” he said.