Jewellery chain eyes expanding its Hunghom exhibition hall Jewellery retailer Hang Fung Gold Technology - famous for its golden toilet in Hunghom - is planning to expand its flagship exhibition hall if the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland in September sparks an increase in the number of mainland visitors. Chairman Lam Sai-wing said yesterday Hang Fung had already increased the floor space of its Gold Tourism Exhibition Hall in Hunghom by 20,000 square feet to 120,000 sq ft. 'We have planned a further expansion of the exhibition hall by 30,000 sq ft, but this will depend on the popularity of the Disneyland,' he told reporters invited for a 'media lunch'. Group chief executive Kathy Ng dismissed suggestions the firm's expulsion from the Hong Kong Tourism Board's Quality Tourism Services scheme had harmed its image. 'The group's business has not been affected by the incident. We still have many customers.' Ms Ng said the company had no plans to seek readmittance to the scheme, which imposes minimum standards for customer services. Hang Fung was ejected from the scheme in December last year after the tourism board said it had failed to address recurring complaints that its staff were rude and customers were prevented from leaving retail premises without making a purchase. Ms Ng confirmed that Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, scheduled to perform in Hong Kong next month, would visit the golden toilet while in Hong Kong. She said Canto pop queen Kelly Chen would remain Hang Fung's public spokeswoman. Mr Lam said sales were up 10 per cent to 20 per cent year on year during this month's Golden Week. The average spending of each customer during the period was $7,000 to $8,000, he said, noting a jump in the number of mainland customers using yuan-denominated credit cards. 'Last year, 70 per cent of the mainland customers used cash, but 70 per cent of them are now using yuan-denominated credit cards,' he said. 'We find that those who use credit cards spend more. Maybe it is psychologically painful to count and pay $100,000.' Hang Fung had secured new agency contracts for international watch and jewellery brands and planned to launch two Swiss watches and a line of Italian jewellery this year at its outlets in Hong Kong and the mainland, Mr Lam said. The company would also introduce a line of jewellery featuring characters from Harry Potter IV, which will debut here in December. The group aims to open five retail stores in Hong Kong this year, focusing on districts such as Yuen Long and Tsuen Wan. It would also open 20 new stores on the mainland, bringing its total to 100. Each new Hong Kong store is expected to cost $10 million to open while those on the mainland will be $5 million each. The jewellery showroom and retail outlet in Hunghom attract 5,000 to 6,000 visitors a day, mostly mainland tourists.