Food and beverage sector representatives say their industry will be the ‘biggest victim’, predicting billions in losses, but gym operators, massage parlours and concert organisers are all poised to feel the pinch as well.
‘Quarantine subsidies’ are a hefty financial burden for companies that rely on foreign employees, but many are anxious to retain talent amid Hong Kong’s tough entry restrictions.
Many of those waiting to ring in new year hope for end to pandemic and return to normality in the coming 12 months.
Resilience Deliveries, a ‘crew for crew’ organisation made up of volunteers and charitable groups, sends packages to crew members so they will not feel alone during Christmas.
Based on its own calculations, the firm ECA International found Hong Kong’s inflation rate was lower than the global average, but still higher than most of the other top 10 cities.
NGO The Green Earth estimates hotels have used at least 100 million plastic items during the pandemic.
Catering sector lawmaker warns of ‘earthquake-like’ impact on business revenue from tougher vaccination requirements for eateries and bars.