20 November 2018
The food trucks will operate in eight designated tourist spots. Photo: HKEJ
The food trucks will operate in eight designated tourist spots. Photo: HKEJ

Startup firms get preference for food truck pilot scheme

The Tourism Commission on Thursday started accepting applications for the Food Truck Pilot Scheme, with preference given to startup firms.

Applications will be received until May 30, Headline Daily reports.

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So Kam-leung said applicants will have to go through two rounds of screening, including submitting a proposal comprising thematic food menus, operation and financial plans, as well as the design of the food trucks.

The proposed theme and operating mode of the food truck will make up 40 percent of the total marks, while the exterior design of the food truck and the business and financial plans will make up 25 percent each.

To avoid the dominance of large operators, the commission will give startup companies will be given a bonus 10 percent for the total score and they can also tap into a loan scheme of up to HK$300,000.

Shortlisted applicants will join a cooking contest in July and August, with 16 food truck proposals to be awarded the first licenses for operation for a period of two years as soon as the end of this year or early next year.

So said the food trucks will operate at eight designated tourist spots, including the Golden Bauhinia Square, Salisbury Garden, Tsim Sha Tsui Art Square, Central Promenade, Ocean Park and Disneyland.

Operators will have to pay a deposit and monthly venue management fees of up to HK$22,000.

So said the fees are far lower than shop rentals as the venue owners will provide the electricity and cleaning services to the food trucks.

Food truck operators are banned from selling cigarettes and souvenirs, and would not be allowed to set up dining tables and chairs.

While two food trucks will be allowed to operate at each spot, they will have to adhere to set operating hours and could not cater to private parties.

The food truck operators will draw lots to decide their next operating destinations every 45 days.

So has said the cost of setting up a food truck would be around HK$600,000.

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