While the bells may be ringing out for Christmas day, the tills of New Plymouth’s hospitality businesses are not.

A number of restaurants have reported being at least 30% down on their trade compared to this time last year.

“The disturbing trend is the number of cancellations, and we can’t work out why,” Ron Trigg, owner of Mike’s Bistro, said.

“We had 35 booked in for a set menu on Saturday, and they cancelled and that same night we had a group of 11 and another group of 5 who both cancelled.”

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