Gone are the days when hotel room rates skyrocketed during the Christmas holidays. A drop in overseas visitors and more mainlanders coming on day trips have taken a toll on the hotel industry, according to the Federation of Hotel Owners. Michael Li Hon-shing, the federation's executive director, said prices were down 10 per cent on last Christmas. A room in a three or four-star hotel costs just over HK$1,000 - not much higher than the usual weekday rate of HK$800. Occupancy rates range from 70 to 90 per cent, depending on the hotel. This is nothing compared with 2011, when almost all hotels were full and guest-house rooms in downmarket Chungking Mansions reportedly fetched HK$3,000 per night - 10 times their standard rate. Due to the Occupy Central protests, overseas tour agencies had stopped promoting Hong Kong, affecting Christmas and perhaps also Lunar New Year bookings, Li said. Mainland visitors are also not spending as much as before and do not book rooms in advance of their visits. Some hotels had to lower rates to fill their rooms, he added. "Now that long-haul customers are wiped out, we rely only on mainland tourists. It is very dangerous," he said. Restaurants in tourist districts are also suffering. Food wholesaler Wing Chow said demand from restaurants in Soho, Causeway Bay and Sha Tin was weaker than in past years. Overall demand had yet to reach pre-Occupy levels, he added. "Many Hongkongers have gone on trips and there are also fewer individual travellers from the mainland," Chow said. An indicator of weak demand is food prices - they usually rise during the holiday period, but have dropped this Christmas. But local demand remains strong at his stall at the Hong Kong Food Festival, which closes today at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. To tap the market, Chow will launch a mobile app for online food sales and restaurant services in February. "[HKTV boss] Ricky Wong [Wai-kay] is launching his internet platform. I believe the concept of online shopping will become a hit next year," he said.