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Nearly half of Singaporeans would change jobs for more holidays

Fiji opens Virtual Rehab for stressed Singaporeans

Nearly half of Singaporeans (42 per cent) said they would change jobs if it meant getting more vacation time, in a recent survey[1] by Fiji Airways and Tourism Fiji.

Singaporeans also said they would be willing to retire earlier (44 per cent), switch industries (37 per cent) and have smaller families (32 per cent) to have more holidays.

The survey, ahead of a Virtual Rehab experience in Singapore this week by one of the world’s happiest nations, Fiji, further revealed Singaporeans believe general stress (33 per cent) and job stress (26 per cent) are the biggest barriers to their happiness.

Dr Christopher Cheok, author of Achieving Happiness in Singapore said that Singapore’s fast-paced and stressful lifestyles can lead to mental fatigue and burnout.

“With demanding workplace environments with long work hours, Singaporeans face a lot of pressure, overwhelmed with multiple sources of stress on a daily basis. Consistently high levels of stress rob people of feelings of happiness and well-being,” said Dr Cheok.

The research further revealed that most Singaporeans are ‘laidback holidaymakers’ with three quarters of people deriving happiness from leisure activities (75 per cent), more than happiness from cultural activities (69 per cent), and active experiences (56 per cent).

The survey also revealed that women derived more happiness from holiday activities overall than men.

Mr Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO said, “With its laid back vibe and stunning natural beauty, Fiji is the ultimate contrast to the city hustle and bustle of Singapore. Fijians are naturally happy and content, and this shows through their authentic warmth and their always positive disposition. It’s hard not to feel relaxed and drawn into the innate happiness of Fiji and its people.”

“We hope our Virtual Rehab will give hardworking Singaporeans a break and a taste of Fijian happiness without leaving home. And hopefully one day they’ll visit and experience it first-hand.”

Mr Matthew Stoeckel, Tourism Fiji Chief Executive said, “With more than 333 tropical islands of white sand beaches and pristine ocean waters, Fiji is the perfect place to unwind. Whether visitors are experiencing the local culture or enjoying outdoor adventures, Fiji is a place where happiness finds you.”

The Virtual Rehab experience is a unique 4D sensory experience, offering a chance for Singaporeans to immerse themselves in the exotic sights, smells, feelings, and sounds of Fiji.

The experience will be housed in a traditional Fijian thatched hut called a Bure, and available to the general public at Millenia Walk Great Hall from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd September 2016. 

Osea Kolinisau, Captain of the Fiji National Rugby 7s team, which won the country’s first-ever gold medal at the Rio Olympics, will also make a guest appearance on 19th September.

Travellers keen to experience Fiji can book a special airfare offer from now to 31 December 2016 for travel before 31 March 2017. Fares start from S$855 return in Economy Class. To book go to www.fijiairways.com or visit your travel agent.


* The above listed prices may exclude any associated service fees. Fares are subject to currency fluctuations and changes in government-associated taxes.

For more information, please contact:


Disha Gurnani

Email: disha.gurnani@bbspr.com.sg

Mobile: +65 9780 1655              

DID: +65 6239 4105

Yining He

Email: yining.he@bbspr.com.sg

Mobile: +65 9711 3568

DID: +65 6239 4112


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