Hong Kong restaurateur predicts 50pc increase in sales for city's eateries during Mid-Autumn Festival

Local | 21 Sep 2021 11:29 am

Hong Kong’s eateries are expecting a 50 percent increase in sales for this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival than in last year’s, said Leung Chun Wah, Chairman of The Association for Hong Kong Catering Services Management.

Speaking on a radio program this morning, Leung said many of the city’s restaurants are fully booked for tonight.

“With Hong Kong’s Covid situation stabilized, along with the government’s spending voucher scheme, citizens are willing to leave their homes and spend their money,” said Leung.

“Some restaurants located at busy districts may even serve two rounds of guests, doubling their sales,” he added.

Meanwhile, the restaurateur said many of the city’s large Chinese restaurants have applied to run as Category D restaurants, which means they can accommodate 12 customers per table given two-third of them were vaccinated.

“Compare to those which can only accommodate 6 customers per table, their sales could go up by at least 50 percent,” he said.

He also pointed out that restaurant staff can easily check customer’s vaccination records through the LeaveHomeSafe app, which should not be a big problem for restaurants.

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