Back by popular demand & now a bi-annual event – Restaurant Week hits Hong Kong again! 9 – 15 July 2012


  • Back by popular demand & now a bi-annual event – Restaurant Week hits Hong Kong again! 9 – 15 July 2012

Hong Kong, 3 May 2012, due to the huge success of the second Restaurant Week in February with over 10,000 bookings, DiningCity will hold Restaurant Week as a bi-annual event in Hong Kong. Restaurant Week will now take place twice a year in line with cities and countries around the world including Amsterdam, Cape Town, New York, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore. During the Week, Hong Kong’s foodies can dine at restaurants, including Michelin star venues, for a fraction of the regular price. Participating restaurants will craft special Restaurant Week menus and compete for a number of awards including the title of Best Restaurant of the Week as voted by diners online.

With still more than two months to go, new restaurants signed up include Bourbon, Peccato, Se Sa Me, Shore, Stormies, Watermark and Wooloomooloo Prime. Returning restaurants include Lily & Bloom, Madam Sixy-Ate, 798 Bistro, The Newsroom , AVA (won overall best restaurant during the winter edition of Restaurant Week), Azure, Chez Patrick Restaurants, Dot Cod, Doppio Zero, Finds, Glo, Habitu Ristorante, Harakan-S, Indochine, Jashan, JAR, Kyoto Joe, Le Chef, Orange Tree, Panevino, SML, Spice, The Pawn, The Press Room (won most popular restaurant) and Wooloomooloo Steakhouse (LKF, TST and Wanchai).

As before, diners can only book online via the special DiningCity website www.restaurantweek.hk. Key dates are:

Presenting partner pre-booking:                                              15 June 2012 (10am)

Pre-booking for DiningCity’s newsletter

subscribers, FB fans and twitter followers:                            18 June 2012 (10am)

Official booking website is live for everyone:                        20 June 2012 (4pm)

Restaurant Week:                                                                         9 – 15 July 2012

Onno Schreurs, Managing Director of DiningCity said: “The previous edition of Restaurant Week in February saw over 10,000 bookings – 70% more than our first edition proving that the event is hugely popular in Hong Kong.  The demand is very obviously there so it made sense to run the Week twice a year.

“I think the reason it is so successful is because it is a win win situation for both diners and restaurants. Diners get to try new restaurants and restaurants get new customers. It’s completely interactive also. Diners can book restaurants via our website, receive email reminders of their bookings and then rate each of the restaurants that they dined at. Over 1000 diners rated their experiences through the website in February. These ratings then contribute to our Restaurant Awards, which restaurants can use to motivate their staff to deliver the best service and food during the Week.”

To keep up to date with plans for next year’s Restaurant Week, diners should register their email at http://www.diningcity.com, like our Facebook page or follow DiningCity on Twitter – DiningCity_HK – use #RWsummer2012.

Ends

The media and food blogger conference to launch Restaurant Week takes place 13 June 2012 – location and exact timing to be confirmed. For more information, obtain photographs or to arrange interviews with DiningCity’s General Manager Synthia Liem please contact Mandy Queen at CRED Communications (English media) on +852 96847365 or email mandy@credcommunications.com and contact Alisdair Chan (Chinese media) on alisdair@credcommunications.com or telephone +852 96337995.

About us

The ‘Restaurant Week’ concept was launched in New York in 1998 and has since then extended globally to become the world’s biggest dining event. Organised by the international online dining guide and restaurant reservations platform: www.DiningCity.com, it is now on its way to become the biggest dining event in Asia with Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong participating!

 

 

AVA Restaurant Slash Bar wins DiningCity’s Best Restaurant of the Week Award


  • AVA Restaurant Slash Bar wins DiningCity’s Best Restaurant of the Week Award

Nearly 11,000 reservations & 50% more restaurants make Restaurant Week a success

Hong Kong, March 2012. The results are in. Based on hundreds of diners votes AVA Restaurant Slash Bar has won the Best Restaurant award during DiningCity’s Restaurant Week. Diners rated the cuisine, atmosphere and service of each of the restaurants that they visited during the Week and AVA came out on top across all categories. The Week ran from 20 to 26 February 2012 with nearly 50% more restaurants (61) participating compared to 2011. There was an astounding 10,826 bookings from 2 February, when DiningCity’s booking website went live, until the last day on 26 February.

The other categories and winners were:

  • Best Restaurant of the Week: AVA Restaurant Slash Bar
  • 2nd Best Restaurant of the Week: Steik World Meats
  • 3rd Best Restaurant of the Week: Wooloomooloo (Wan Chai)
  • Best Service: Spasso
  • Most Creative Menu: Bo Innovation
  • Most Popular Restaurant: Press Room (based on number of bookings)

Group Food and Beverage Manager, Mr Raymond Moore at AVA Restaurant Slash Bar said: “AVA Restaurant Slash Bar is honoured to be recognised as ‘Best Restaurant of the Week’ by DiningCity Hong Kong Restaurant Week, especially as it is renowned as one of the world’s biggest and exciting dining events. As the award was voted by the diners, on atmosphere, service and cuisine, this is particularly rewarding to the whole team for both culinary and service team members, without their teamwork, this would not have been possible.  Participating in this event was rewarding as it enabled AVA to showcase our creative menu at an affordable price to a wider range of customers. We recommend DiningCity to promote your restaurant!”

Onno Schreurs, Managing Director of DiningCity said “The Restaurant Week awards are voted by diners so they are testament to the fantastic cuisine, atmosphere and service of the restaurants that participated in the Week. This year we also took into account the feedback on many blogs written by Hong Kong foodies. AVA, Steik World Meats, Wooloomooloo, Spasso, Bo Innovation and The Press Room all did spectacularly and are well-deserved winners.

Our second Restaurant Week was a phenomenal success with 20% of restaurants booked out in the first 30 minutes of our website going live and many restaurants offering more seats to cope with the demand. We’ve had some fantastic feedback from both diners and restaurants for this year’s Restaurant Week and we are thrilled to reveal that the next Restaurant Week will take place 9 to 15 July 2012 – so it will become a regular celebration of food every Winter and Summer in Hong Kong” added Schreurs.

To keep up to date with plans for the next Restaurant Week, diners can like DiningCity’s Facebook page or follow DiningCity on Twitter.


For more information, to obtain photographs or to arrange interviews please contact Mandy Queen at CRED Communications (English media) on +852 96847365 / email mandy@credcommunications.com or contact Alisdair Chan (Chinese media) on +852 96337995 / email alisdair@credcommunications.com.

Heels & Deals Presentation: PR 101


Heels and DealsCRED Communications MD Mandy Queen presented at the recent Heels & Deals’ event on 28 February 2012 at Coast. Heels & Deals is a global female entrepreneurship network headed up by the wonderful Claire Fenner. The network is hugely successful in the Middle East and was launched in Hong Kong last October (by yours truly). If you’re a female entrepreneur you must take part in their monthly events as they’re incredibly informative and useful to small businesses.

Mandy’s presentation focused on the power of PR and how to get great media coverage in Hong Kong. Mandy was joined by four journalists across different types of media including Tatler, Little Steps, Wine Buzz and Butterboom and The List who shared their experiences on how to get into their individual media.

Welcome to our new website!


Mandy Queen - Cred CommunicationsWelcome to our brand new website created by Sean Botha, an online marketing consultant based in Scotland. We are very excited about our new site because it showcases some of the work that we have done in Hong Kong and across Asia Pacific in the past two years since we launched CRED Communications Ltd. We’ve come a long way in just a short period of time. It was just me working in a study on the rooftop of my flat in Lamma Island until winter 2010 – now we have a team of PR people and marketing communications professionals working on a number of different clients from across the globe.

The site is linked to our social media pages – Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus  – so you can follow what we and our clients are up to on a daily basis. Just click on the icons at the top of each page. Keep an eye on this blog too.

Over the next few weeks there might be some tweaks needed to the site to make it the best it can be and we will add more case studies as the weeks progress. We also plan to make our site bilingual so we will be translating it into Simplified Chinese too.

Thanks for visiting and do let us know if we can help you get CREDibility across Asia Pacific.

Have a great weekend!

Mandy Queen

Founder & Managing Director of CRED Communications Ltd

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