B.C. hotels can now deliver liquor to guests 24/7

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The British Columbia hospitality industry now has the luxury of delivering liquor to guests by room service 24 hours a day.

As long as food is provided, B.C. businesses, hotels, resorts and other overnight spots can increase their customer service with this new policy.

Before the March 4 announcement, liquor could only be delivered by room service during the hours of operation of the hotel’s licensed establishment.

However, as the provincial government endeavors to modernize its liquor laws for more consumer convenience, this current policy is one step forward.

As it stands, the licensee delivering the room service must be located in the building that offers overnight accommodation and may only deliver to registered guests – as long as their local municipality is onside.

“These changes mean that anyone visiting British Columbia, on a weekend get-away or traveling for business, can enjoy the convenience of a glass of their favourite wine at their hotel with a late-night snack,” says David MacKenzie, president and chair, British Columbia Hotel Association. “We are pleased to see government supporting the hospitality industry and increased consumer choice.”

This implemented policy is number 65 in B.C.’s Liquor Policy Review, which makes 73 recommendations to change the provincial liquor laws.


Left to right: Mark Von Schellwitz of Restaurants Canada, Jeff Guignard of ABLE BC, Parliamentary Secretary Liquor Reform Policy to the Minister of Small Business, Red Tape Reduction and Minister Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch John Yap , and David MacKenzie of BC Hotel Association.

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