Food truck is a new initiative announced by the Financial Secretary in the 2015-16 Budget. The Tourism Commission under the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Food Truck Pilot Scheme and related matters.
The Pilot Scheme
The Food Truck Pilot Scheme is a tourism initiative which aims to enhance the appeal of our tourist attractions and provide diverse, creative and high quality food offers to tourists and the public, as well as showcasing the good standard of food hygiene and safety in Hong Kong. We hope that the Pilot Scheme will bring more specialty gourmet food to Hong Kong. It is intended to complement the existing food landscape, rather than to drive consumers away from existing restaurants.
Since the launch of the Pilot Scheme in February 2017, we have been exploring the suitability of different operating locations and operation modes and examining whether food truck is commercially viable. Timely refinement to the Pilot Scheme has been arranged. Since end May 2017, we have rolled out a series of refinement measures including the introduction of new operating venues, allowance of participation at self-identified tourism events, implementation of day/night shift operating mode, etc. Operators are able to enjoy higher flexibility and freedom to open up more business opportunities.
Under the prevailing Pilot Scheme, food trucks can operate at different operating venues. There are five designated venues: Hong Kong Disneyland, Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai, Ocean Park, Salisbury Garden and Tsim Sha Tsui Art Square; three optional venues: Central Harbourfront Event Space, Energizing Kowloon East Venue 1 and Wong Tai Sin Square; two venues specialized in MICE events: AsiaWorld-Expo and Hong Kong Science Park. The Tourism Commission will continue introducing new operating venues to broaden operators' choices of operating venues.
Apart from operating venues, the Tourism Commission will also line up food trucks to provide services at designated tourism mega events organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board to enhance the attractiveness of the events. Food trucks can also have more flexibility to participate in self-identified tourism events, thus increasing their opportunities of achieving better business performance.
Please refer to the press release for details.
The Pilot Scheme will last for 2 years. The Tourism Commission will review the Pilot Scheme duly and maintain flexibility for further refinement.