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This article was written by Jason Domantay and was published on Yahoo! Southeast Asia.
More than couples, thereâ€™s another group of people who are feeling all the love this Valentineâ€™s Day and they are the entrepreneurs.
Many businessmen work around the occasion, which is not even a holiday, just to lure more customers and accommodate all the requests for the day.
Mandarin hotelâ€™s E-commerce and PR manager Erika Aquino said that they donâ€™t have as many guests â€œnormal days.â€ She adds that the hotelâ€™s occupancy reaches to 75 percent during weekends.
However, itâ€™s a different story come Valentineâ€™s Day because all their rooms get booked. â€œOn Valentineâ€™s Day, hotel-wise itâ€™s even more popular than the Christmas season,â€ Aquino revealed.
To spice up the occasion, their hotel offers room packages complete with expensive champagne bottles, chocolates and even massages and hair cuts.
Also doing brisk business this Valentineâ€™s Day is the restaurant industry. As we all know, a lot of couples like mark the day with an intimate meal.
Caron Santiago-Macasaet of Meloâ€™s Restaurant says that during Valentineâ€™s Day, more than one hundred guests dine in every branch. She added that favorite requests of the diners are the steaks as well as Rockefeller Oysters.
â€œWe make sure our stocks are complete (and) we do a lot of advertising for Valentineâ€™s Day,â€ she said.
Of course, there is no Valentineâ€™s Day without giving away flowers to the ladies. Dustin Andaya of Philippine Cut Flower Corporation, who runs Island Rose, shared that their sales tend to increase more than 150 percent from their regular days. Continue reading