The number of visitors arriving in Hong Kong on National Day fell almost 30,000, or more than 7 per cent, from last year. However, Immigration Department figures indicated a much smaller decrease for mainland visitors, of just under 2 per cent, to 157,212. Even so, that figure stood in stark contrast to last year, when visitors from the mainland rose 60 per cent from the previous year, to 160,000. The figures for the first day of the "golden week" holiday - usually a peak time for tourism and shopping in Hong Kong - were released as shops said the widespread protests had cut business by as much as 70 per cent. Overall, the number of arrivals on Wednesday was 375,490, down 29,510. Luxury goods and jewellery shops that had closed in the face of the protests reopened yesterday after the operators determined the demonstrators were not a security threat. All outlets of jeweller Chow Tai Fook were open, including 22 that had been closed a day earlier. Jewellers Chow Sang Sang and TSL reopened shops in Causeway Bay. In Mong Kok, most shops were open except for those in the Grand Plaza shopping centre and street level shops at Bank Centre Mall. Most shops in Tsim Sha Tsui were also open. One visitor from Shenzhen said the protest on Canton Road would not affect her visit. "I support Hongkongers for fair and universal suffrage," said the woman as she strolled into a shopping mall with two friends on a day dedicated to "shopping for luxury goods". Qi Shuping, also from Shenzhen, was more upset. He said protesters were still shouting after midnight and disturbed his sleep. Small retailers are increasingly vocal about wanting the Occupy movement to end. Shum Shu-wah, who claimed to represent about 30 shops in Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei, said business was down 60 to 70 per cent from last year. "I've already lost almost HK$100,000 in the stock market since Occupy began," he said. "Why not occupy the parks and leave us alone?" In Causeway Bay, fashion shop owner Mandy Chan, 36, saw sales drop significantly but she was not bothered. "I join the protest every night after work," she said. Other shop owners urged the government and the Occupy organisers to begin a dialogue as soon as possible. "All [the protesters] told me was to bear with them for the sake of the future, but I am not sure if I can survive this now," said Cheung Chi-cheung, a wholesaler in the Yau Ma Tei fruit market. He was hit hard as perishable fruit went to waste. Other shop owners considered it their duty to support the sit-in. Chan Wa-kan of Wing Fat Cafe walked from Tsim Sha Tsui to Mong Kok carrying a carton of cups of cold milk tea for protesters. Staff had also brought bags of ice to the protest zone over the past few nights. "All of us should be prepared to make some sacrifice these days and it's going to be a long battle," he said. The deputy director of the taxi drivers' branch of the Motor Transport Workers General Union, Low Shih-cheng, said business for drivers on Hong Kong Island and in protest- affected areas had dropped by as much as a third.