Fragrant Valentine's Day to bring bloom to Hong Kong businesses

Hong Kong is awaiting a business income spike on Valentine's Day across catering, wholesaling, and floral products, with most Covid-19 curbs in the city scrapped out, said industry veterans.

"I estimate the turnover back to 85 to 90 percent of what it was before the pandemic and to reach HK$350 million on Valentine's Day," said Simon Wong Ka-wo, president of the Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades.

"Our 10 tables have all been reserved for Valentine's Day," said Lok Kwan-ping, a manager of a restaurant featuring French cuisine in North Point, "the overall income may increase by 20 percent compared to the Christmas holiday.

"There were plenty of customers who ordered bouquets for their beloved people from last week," said an employee from a flower store in Mongkok's Flower Market Street, "we have received around 500 orders and mostly for bouquets priced from HK$800 to HK$1,000."

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