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Leventis: Fish taverns did exceptionally well over the holiday weekend

The hospitality had a very busy holiday weekend, with the head of the Leisure and Entertainment Establishment Owners Association (PASIKA), Phanos Leventis, saying that positive weather forecasts further piqued the public’s interest in going out.

“The reservations and interest shown particularly in fish taverns were very high, and increased even further with the weather forecasts,” Leventis said in an interview with InBusinessNews. “The fish taverns were fully booked, but also the other taverns that adapted their menus accordingly.” (Green Monday is traditionally a day of fasting)

According to Leventis, the majority of people opted for the seaside fish taverns, though he said there was a noteworthy number of people who decided to dine out at restaurants in the capital. “Things went very well,” he said.

The upcoming national holiday, on Monday 25 March, is also looking to be a good one for the hospitality sector, he added, as there is already an increased number of bookings.

When it comes to restaurant prices, Leventis said diners were well prepared when they went out and the bills were justified.

“People make their reservations and confirm beforehand that they will pay what they can afford. The range of prices is not unjustified and is in line with the quality that is offered, the environment etc.”

As for the staff shortages, Leventis said this was an ongoing problem. “We believe that now that we are heading for the summer season, nothing will change unless a proper policy – with immediate effect – is carved out,” said Leventis.

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