The quarterly Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the Australian Bureau of Statistics is an excellent gauge of which commodities are increasing in price, and which are going down. For example, in the latest release, it was noted the automotive fuel costs fell by 6.8 per cent in the December quarter of 2014, indicating that Australians were getting much better value for money than previously, due to low oil prices.

However at the other end of the scale, domestic travel and accommodation costs saw the sharpest increase in price, going up by 5.8 per cent over the three month period. This may simply be due to it being peak holiday season over summer but nonetheless, it highlights the importance of making sure that guests at hotels get great value for their dollar.

This is particularly important in Brisbane, where the CPI rose by 2 per cent over the past year – more than anywhere else in the country. Figures from Tourism Research Australia indicate that visitors to Queensland in the year to September 2014 also spent more money than anywhere else, apart from NSW. 

One crucial part of this is providing safe, shaded spaces. Whether by using smaller, portable retractable umbrellas at outdoor dining tables or implementing more heavy duty typhoon shade structures at beachside resorts, Skyspan™ can help with this. 

By providing an extensive range of commercial umbrellas that come in shapes and sizes to suit all kinds of leisure venue, Skyspan™ positions itself as a one stop shop for any hotelier who wishes to make sure their patrons get appropriate shading, protection and relaxation.

Architectural grade woven PVC membranes with warranties of up to five years mean that your hotel or resort can keep customers satisfied and coming back for the long term – an investment that is absolutely worth making.