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Hong Kong has suffered a heavy tourism downturn in the last 18 months. Tourism numbers are down by in excess of 20,000 per week. That's a lot for a place that relies on tourism as its major source of income. What do you do if you are one of the 10,000 restaurant operators?
Writing in his magazine, Restaurant Asia, Frank Rocco drew the comparison between the crash of 1987 in America and the situation now in Hong Kong. He told of how the good operators in his home town, New York, handled the downturn. He told how low ticket restaurants, mostly Italian, sprung up all over Manhattan outside the mid town business area. The décor consisted of a picture of Frank Sinatra on one wall and the Pope on the other. Service was friendly and the restaurants offered low priced pastas and budget wines. Value became the name of the game.
Frank told the success of Fat Angelo's in Hong Kong offering the same low cost value food and friendly service. Café Siam is another to open in Hong Kong offering a similar style of good family style family food at low prices.
Until next week - good luck, good like and good fun
The Hospitality Doctor
P.S. If you missed promoting Coca Cola day on the 8th of May you might like to use the 16th of June to promote Pepsi. On this day, in 1903, the Pepsi Cola company registered its trade name "Pepsi Cola."
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