Buffet dinners at most hotels are fully booked for Christmas, an indication that revellers are once again opening their wallets for the festive season. At the Marco Polo and Excelsior hotels, managers said business was back to normal Christmas-time levels compared with last year's low. 'I think people are more willing to spend again,' said Dan Lee Wing-hong, general manager of the Newton hotel in North Point. 'It seems like the whole economy is getting better, with the stock and property markets improving.' Mr Lee added that the buffet was booked out one week ago. Similar trends were noted in other hotels, with the last bookings snapped up in the past few days. At the Excelsior, all the Christmas buffet tickets are gone. But Christmas packages that include a buffet for two and an overnight stay have not fared as well. Mr Lee said responses to the Newton's $888 overnight package was not warmly received. Tour groups from the mainland have taken up the empty hotel rooms. The situation was the same at the Excelsior, which sold only a dozen of 40 packages available for Christmas Eve. Some hoteliers are also seeing smaller Christmas parties. Marco Polo Hotels spokeswoman Lily Lau Wai-li said most parties being booked were for about 50 people, compared to larger gatherings in previous years that required function rooms.