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$12m For Golf Tourney Worth It: Faiyaz Koya

$12m For Golf Tourney Worth It:  Faiyaz Koya
Fijian international golfer Vijay Singh at the recent Fiji International golf Championship at Natadola.
December 04
10:40 2014

Tourism Minister Faiyaz Koya had a few quick words for critics of the $12 million used in organising the recent Fiji International Golf tournament at Natadola Bay Golf Course.

He said the $12 million spent was minimal compared to the benefits in international media coverage, business for local caterers and confidence in the local economy.

Former hotel executive and tourism industry stalwart Bill Gavoka had questioned the rationale of using millions of taxpayers money on this event. He said there were residents near Natadola who still did not have an adequate water supply, making the use of this money questionable.

Mr Koya, who is also the Minister responsible for Industry and Trade said they would be pressing on for a bigger and better tournament in 2015.

Mr Gavoka focused his budgetary response on the tourism sector insisting traditional markets needed to be maintained for tourists. He said Australian and New Zealanders were high-yield tourists who spent more per tourist on average that tourists from Asia.

He insisted the one-million mark for tourists to Fiji was possible with smart marketing efforts and a bipartisan approach to helping the tourism industry.

What We Got For $12 million
– Television coverage to 370 million homes for the week-long tournament in 27 countries
– $1.5 million in direct revenue
– Work for 15 companies that provided services for the tournament
– Employment to 750 Fijians
– Volunteer work for 300 Fijians

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