Hospitality, Tourism and Gaming

Innovative, tailored and practical advice for the sporting, hotels, tourism, gaming and liquor industries.

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HopgoodGanim’s combined strength in hospitality, tourism and gaming enables us to provide innovative and tailored advice that helps our clients create strong, successful businesses.

We act for a diverse client base, including sporting and other community clubs, hotel owners, property developers, major tourist operators, international and local hotel chains, wine producers and wholesalers.

Bringing together all areas of law likely to be required, including property, planning and development, dispute resolution, liquor and gaming licensing, intellectual property and employment law, we have a detailed understanding of the issues faced in the development, licensing and operation of businesses in these dynamic sectors.

Liquor and gaming licensing

Setting us apart from the rest is a non-legal consultant on our team who was previously, in a senior role with the Liquor Licensing Division, directly involved with approving licensing applications under the Liquor Act.


We have an in-depth understanding of the legal and commercial issues faced by tourism businesses, including major resorts, hotels, golf clubs (with associated hotel facilities) and theme parks. We advise a range of operators including Couran Cove Island Resort, Warner Village Theme Parks (Sea World, Movie World, Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park, Australian Outback Spectacular and Sea World Nara Resort), Tangalooma Island Resort and Peregian Springs Golf Club.

Areas of Expertise

  • Liquor, wine, bottle shop and gaming machine licensing applications and objections 
  • Defending liquor licensing prosecutions 
  • Prosecuting liquor and gaming machine licence appeals 
  • Hospitality property planning, development, acquisitions, sales and leasing 
  • Industrial and employment law, including the impact of the Fair Work reform on hospitality businesses 
  • Intellectual property and technology advice 
  • Providing advice in insolvency situations 
  • Capital raising and corporate advisory services
  • Advising Queensland Rugby League on issues relating to exclusive dealing and third line forcing in connection with merchandising and licensing. 
  • Advising Eatons Hill Hotel & Function Centre, one of the largest hotels in Australia, on obtaining liquor and gaming machine licences. 
  • Acting for the operator of a landmark hotel on the Gold Coast in a major fraud investigation. 
  • Advising the Brisbane Racing Club on the merger of the Queensland Turf Club and the Brisbane Turf Club. 
  • Advising the Brisbane Lions Football Club on the licensing of their new club house facility and in the acquisition of gaming authorities. 
  • Successfully defending a prosecution brought against a licensee for conducting a promotion that allegedly encouraged the rapid or excessive consumption of liquor. 
  • Advising on obtaining liquor licenses for a variety of businesses, including Seaworld Nara Resort, Brisbane Lions, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, James Street Markets, Craggy Range Vineyard (New Zealand), Oktoberfest Brisbane, Peregian Springs Golf Club, Louis Vuitton and Westfield. 
  • Advising on obtaining gaming machine licenses for a variety of hospitality businesses, including Hotel Monier, Merthyr Bowls Club, Canungra Hotel, Brothers Sports Club Bundaberg, St Paul's Tavern, Hotel LA, Ormeau Tavern and Market Square Tavern. 
  • Advising the Kyko Group on the development and structuring of the large mixed-use Mon Komo project at Redcliffe. This $150 million project includes 184 apartments in two towers, a hotel, and commercial and retail precincts. 
  • Advising Sunland Constructions on its tender for development of the Oracle Project for the Niecon Group at Broadbeach. 
  • Advising the purchaser of the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas, a resort with 294 rooms, six bars, an 18-hole golf course and beach frontage via a tropical forest. The property also includes 41 hectares of vacant land with residential redevelopment potential. The transaction was worth over $35 million. 
  • Advising the receiver appointed to the sale of the Big Pineapple and extensive surrounding land.
  • Advising on the development and structuring of the large Port of Airlie mixed-use residential and marina development at Airlie Beach. This $500 million project involved 15 beachfront homes, 365 apartments, a 140-room hotel, a 240-berth marina and a variety of restaurants and shops. 
  • Acting for the mortgagee seller of the Pacific Beach development site at Old Burleigh Road, Surfers Paradise for the price of $81.8 million. 
  • Assisting in the development and sale process of Couran Cove Resort, South Stradbroke Island, a strata titled development under the Mixed Use Development Act 1993. The development process involved facilitating lease back arrangements to the resort for the units purchased.