Custom, handcrafted Tanoas, or Fijian bowls, will be displayed across restaurants and bars at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva with the aim to elevate guest experience.
IHG says the handmade wooden bowls are a testament to the Ministry of Forestry’s joint efforts with local Fijian villages in upskilling carvers to create sustainable income opportunities and preserve traditional Fijian culture.
“We believe in actively working to empower local artisans and keep their art alive. Supporting local is not a trend but a commitment for us. Through our Journey to Tomorrow 2030 goals, we will work together to improve the lives of 30 million people in our communities around the world,” says Lachlan Walker, IHG’s Area General Manager South Pacific.
“By displaying local, sustainable art around the hotel, we create authentic cultural experiences for guests at the iconic Grand Pacific Hotel.”
IHG says no trees are cut for production; instead, wood is sourced from salvaged mahogany trees and stumps and taken to a dedicated joinery workshop where village youths (including women) are trained to create exquisite pieces for sale.
Training provided by the Ministry teaches participants to create value-added products from residual logs and wood, empowering landowners to create sustainable income opportunities for the future.