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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1 2017 NEWS 05 V2 - NTNE01Z01MA Theyre asking booze shoppers to be patient and expect delays Liquor retailers are urging the public not to abuse L S A N T P R E S I D E N T F AY E H A R T L E Y THE Northern Territory is the top destination for travellers to recharge the batteries, according to a new report. The Wotif Travel Yourself Better report found holidaying in the NT extended the postholiday recharge feeling by 3.6 days 10 per cent longer than the national average. When compared to metro areas, those who travelled to regional areas across Australia increased their post-holiday recharge feeling by six per cent. Backpackers Tova Bergdal and Gracie Matterson said they had enjoyed spending time relaxing since they had arrived in Darwin. We were in Broome and thought, why not have a road trip to Darwin, Ms Matterson said. Its been so nice to be free and explore the place. Having spent their first few days seeing the city, the pair had hired bikes so they could see places like East Point. Weve been looking for some work but first were just relaxing, Ms Bergdal said. The report found the best way to stay refreshed at work was to take four or more minibreaks over a 12-month period. ELEVEN hundred Territorians will wake up today unable to buy takeaway grog, as the new Banned Drinker Register takes effect. But industry leaders say it will be more like a nightmare at local liquor shops as possible technical glitches and other bugs are expected to occur on the busiest trading day of the week. If any of the identification scanning machines go down, staff will have to manually Grog outlets brace for chaos as BDR returns enter a customers details. That could cause massive delays, says the Liquor Stores Association NT. Itll take time to sort out and to start it on a Friday, its going to be a nightmare, said LSANT president Faye Hartley. A trial period of scanning machines in remote locations across the NT found long delays in obtaining BDR information resulted in violence toward staff on the ground, the Australian Hotels Association NT said. bottleshop staff, they are only doing their job and complying with the law, said AHANT chief executive Des Crowe. We hope that the BDR 2.0 is a quicker system than last time, but we still expect delays, as this is another transaction that bottleshop staff need to undertake in addition to their other duties. Health Minister Natasha Fyles said she hoped delays would be kept to a minimum. I would love to be able to predict what will happen (today) in terms of many things, but what I can say is that we have put in every effort to make sure this rollout is as smooth as possible, she said. Mobile devices for the NTs 27 drive-through bottle shops will only be sent out today, after problems with the technology. Ms Fyles also asked patrons to be patient. We all know the harm alcohol abuse causes in our community and this is a simple supply measure that stops alcohol going to those who cause so much harm, she said. CHRISTOPHER WALSH Its going to be a nightmare. DOZENS of Territory holiday-makers have had their travel dreams dashed and may be thousands of dollars out of pocket with the collapse of two popular tour group operators. M J Reed Pty Ltd and Reed Holidays Pty Ltd, two Melbourne-based companies that operated Seniors Coach Tours, Young at Heart Holidays and Australian Air Travel, have been placed into voluntary liquidation, leaving about 1000 customers in the lurch. Dorothy Harris, from NSW, said she and her husband were four days into their 25-day holiday with Senior Coach Tours when they were told the trip was over. They were in Katherine, ready to leave their hotel for another ride on the coach, when they were delivered the news on Sunday last week. They were on the tour with 33 others who, like the Harrises, are now trying to get their money back. NT tourists have trips cancelled Gunner and Vowles still best mates CHIEF Minister Michael Gunner and his Agriculture Minister Ken Vowles are best mates and all relationships between Labor members are rosy. Mr Gunner yesterday said Mr Vowles reluctance to say whether he was a strong leader was a misunderstanding. Sometimes, you dont answer questions well, he said. Im very confident in my relationship with Kenny. I know Kenny and I get on well and he said yesterday: Im sorry boss mate, I stuffed that up. He knows whos Chief. On Wednesday, Mr Vowles dodged questions about whether he thought Mr Gunner was a strong leader. In response, he said only that Mr Gunner was the Chief Minister. Mr Vowles later said his response was misinterpreted and that Mr Gunner had his full support. 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