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Golf Helps Propel Tourism: A-G

Golf Helps Propel Tourism: A-G
Chief guests at the Fiji International VIP Launch at the Grand Pacific Hotel with the trophy on August 14, 2017. From left is Vincent Nair, Smartech Business System chief executive officer Asia Pacific, PGA Australia chief executive officer Gavin Kirkman, Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, former All Black Justine Marshall, and Sports and Entertainment Limited managing director Basil Scaffidi. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga
August 15
11:00 2017

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said yesterday the Fiji Inter­national golf tournament presented significant opportuni­ties for the Fijian economy.

The Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General made the com­ment at the 2017 Fiji Interna­tional VIP Launch at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday. The fourth edition of the Fiji In­ternational tees off the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course on Thursday.

“There is a lack of understand­ing for the potential this type of events hold for this country,” Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“As we have seen, this tourna­ment has gained particular mo­mentum and can propel the whole golfing segment of tourism to much greater heights.

“Tourism is the largest contrib­utor towards our gross domestic product (GDP). There is a need to improve the different segmenta­tion that we see and find other av­enues to promote tourism in the country.”

Last year, coverage of the tour­nament was broadcast across 46 countries with over a million viewers, and this year interna­tional media coverage will again continue with broadcasting of the event also done on PGA TV Australia.

The Natadola Bay Champion­ship Golf Course venue has been, with the ideas of Vijay Singh, remodelled to become one of the best golfing venues in the Pacific today.

In his message for the event, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainima­rama, said:

“After three successful years of hosting the Fiji International, our islands have earned an outstand­ing international reputation as a premier golfing destination.

“And we are aiming to do even better in the years to come, as we continue to showcase the beauty of our country and the unique warmth and hospitality of our people.”

Sports and Entertainment Lim­ited managing director Basil Scaffidi confirmed world re­nowned golfers Vijay Singh, Mi­chael Weir and Andrew Evans would be part of the competition.

Ten local sponsors have also come on board to support the tournament. Also present at the launch was All Black great Justin Marshall.

Former Wallabies captain George Gregan, and Marshall are Fiji International ambassadors.

Edited by Osea Bola

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