Despite the change of venue and the street protests, organizers of the CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival said the four-day party was highly successful, attracting more people than it did last year, Apple Daily reported Monday.
Organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the event drew over 180,000 visitors, compared with 140,000 last year. The venue was moved to the Kai Tak district in Kowloon from the Central Harbourfront amid concerns over the pro-democracy Occupy campaign.
The booths set up by winemakers saw their sales double over last year. First-time participant Japanese winemaker Kiwa said its sales reached HK$700,000 (US$90,300), more than twice as much as it expected.
Many participants in this year’s exhibition hope Kai Tak will again be the venue for next year’s event, but the Tourism Board said the top choice for 2015 is still Central.
The food booths were also popular. Classic Fine Foods, a regular exhibitor, said business rose 30 percent from last year.
Last Friday, organizers urged the public not to go to the Kai Tak district, which was overcrowded with Halloween revellers. The organizers promised to improve transportation to the venue for next year’s event.
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