A LOOK AT HOTELS & TOURISM IN FIJI
Fiji, officially known as the Republic of Fiji is an island country in the South Pacific. Fiji is among the most developed islands in the Pacific. Tourism and travel contributes majorly to the economy. The most popular regions are the Coral Coast, Nadi, Denarau Island and Mamanuca Islands.
Fiji is probably best known for its white sandy beaches and soft coral reefs. Fantastic diving spots also adds a touch of adventure to the beauty of these islands. Whether you are on a honeymoon, or need a family getaway spot, or simply want to enjoy a solo trip, Fiji will not disappoint you.
TOURISM ON THE RISE
Fiji consists of more than 300 islands spread across roughly 1.3 million square km of ocean. Because of this, its aviation industry is highly developed despite being a small nation. The country is home to 19 commercial airfields, plus seven private airports.
Over the years, an increase in direct flights to key destinations in Fiji has played a major role in the increase of tourism to the country.
Visitor arrivals have continued to increase over the past 20 years. In 1993, visitor arrivals stood at 318,874 which increased to 660,590 by 2012, an average increase of around 4.5 percent annually. In 2017, Fiji welcomed more than 840,000 visitors, and the numbers are continuing to increase.
Arrival Hall at Nadi International Airport, Fiji
HOTELS & RESORTS IN FIJI
Fiji has over 50 hotels and resort spread across its two largest islands, as well as some of the smaller ones. In Fiji you will find many hotels that offer facilities of international standards. Alternatively, you can also choose to stay at the village to experience the real Fiji. Backpackers and adventurers are also well looked after, with a huge range of affordable hostels and island resorts that offer eco-tours.
In order to keep up to international standards for tourists, Fiji resort furniture suppliers are in high demand. These suppliers have a huge responsibility of keeping themselves up-to-date with the latest trends in furniture designs. Most resort and hotel owners look for a custom hotel furniture supplier. These suppliers customise the furniture to suit your preferences, keeping in mind the aesthetics of the hotel.
Sofitel Resort, Denarau Island, Fiji
FURNITURE AND THE FIJI CLIMATE
Fiji is blessed with a warm, tropical climate. During the period from March to November, the southeast trade winds bring dry weather. Fiji has rainy season from December to April. The tropical coastal climate brings along its fair share of surprises. In comparison to The Maldives, Fiji weather is quite similar, although the air is not as saline.
Not all materials used for furniture can withstand these drastic weather changes and begin to fall apart quickly. Even the most durable of fabrics used for upholstery break down if not maintained properly. Vacuuming once a month and spot cleaning can go a long way in maintaining the fabrics. Patterned fabrics, tone on tone or textured fabric make the furniture look better for longer as compared to plain single colours.
Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort
CHOOSING THE RIGHT FURNITURE FOR YOUR FIJI HOTELS & RESORTS
Currently, the usual Fiji furniture for resorts tend to be simple and functional. However, the trend is now moving towards more contemporary styles as tourists to Fiji become more design conscious.
With the majority of Fiji’s tourists come from Australia, Fiji is quickly developing to be a leading beach holiday destination, rivalling the nearby island of Bali in Indonesia – a popular hotspot for Australian tourists.
When selecting furniture for hotel rooms, it is important to understand that the Fiji climate is humid. Memory foam mattresses absorb heat and can begin to sag if used for longer periods of time. Hence spring mattresses or latex mattresses are a better choice. Also for mattresses covers, bed sheets, pillow cases it is wiser to choose breathable fabrics like cotton with light colours.
Hotel furnishing trends concentrate more on common areas and lobbies, giving the guests an opportunity to leave their rooms more often and socialize.
One point to keep in mind when choosing furniture for public areas is to ensure that the furniture pieces are developed with sturdy construction and strong joints for seating. These should also be built strong enough to accommodate guests of various weights or sizes.
Fijian hotels also give importance to waiting areas. Considering the lunch rush hours or the dinner queues, having a large group of customers waiting inside for their meals is not a pleasant idea. Not only do they get in the servers’ way but also do not let the patrons currently having their meals enjoy them.
Keeping in the mind the warm climate that the waiting customers will have to face outside, these hotels and resorts have pleasantly furnished waiting areas. These waiting rooms make sure that the customers do not wander away searching for food elsewhere.
4 April 2019