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There are still two weeks to Valentine's Day and looks like many men can't save if they are to take this opportunity to send flowers or have a candlelight dinner with lovers.
Online florist 2000 Flower Manager Yan Lok Ham says she estimates there are more men proposing because of the year Dragon and leap month and Valentine's Day is a working day so she expects business will do well and she has received many orders. She says prices of flowers rises because of RMB revaluation and flowers are ten percent more expensive this year than last year where a bouquet of twelve roses cost seven hundred eighty dollars. Some of her customers are generous who are willing to pay for United States roses sold for twelve hundred dollars for a dozen. Manger says her florist has even received a order for ninety nine roses. In addition to regular red roses, blue roses or purple roses are the alternative and some customers also pick roses with a pair of stuff-animal-bears and heart-shaped gift box.
Another florist sold eleven roses for five hundred dollars last year but seven hundred and twenty dollars this year, to which the person in charge points to the appreciation of RMB and rise in labor as causes. Person in charge expects sales to be same as last year. Anna Flower House spokesman also says a bouquet of roses sold for seven hundred to eight hundred dollars this year comparing to about six hundred to seven hundred dollars last year.
Mr. Ho working in financial industry says he intends to send ninety nine roses to girlfriend with special surprises to the first Valentine's Day he celebrates with his girlfriend. "The most important thing is his girlfriend is happy." He says sweetly that they have found each other and took photos for wedding and plans to marry in three years.
Mr. Yue, a spokesman from Wan Chai's Grand Hyatt Hotel says hotel receives over hundreds telephone inquiries or reservations for meals in recent days. All seven hotel restaurants set on the night of Valentine's Day is half-full, in which buffet dinner reservation is full and some customers even reserve for spaces back before Christmas last year. Mr. Yue believes live band and good atmosphere in the restaurant has helped increases reservation. Buffet dinner costs six hundred eighty-eight dollars plus service charge and this cost is about five percent more than last year with the increase of inflation. The hotel's Italian restaurant is pushing two thousand nine hundred and eighty dollar's Valentine's Day packages, that is three hundred dollars more than last year, and booking is at seventy five percent. According to Yue's past experience, all the restaurant is usually full booking in early February.
Kowloon Hotel Window Café buffet dinner also launches six hundred and eight dollars per person plus service charge buffet dinner with a complimentary of baked lobster and half a pound strawberry-bird-nest-cake and twenty tables have been reserved.