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Fiji International To Benefit All

Fiji International To Benefit All
Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya during the Bucks for Birdies and SmartLabs Free Testing initiatives at TappooCity in Suva on July 28, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO
July 29
12:43 2018

The Bucks for Birdies and SmartLabs Free Medical Testing initiatives were launched yesterday by the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya at TapooCity in Suva.

This is in collaboration with the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways which tees off on August 2-5.

Koya said this is a much-looked forward to tournament and is possi­bly the single biggest tourism adver­tisement for the country each year.

“We are excited by the initiative presented to us by the PGA of Aus­tralia, it’s such a novel way to help re-build our resources after the dev­astation caused by our most recent cyclones,” Koya said.

“It will provide our students with even more reason to follow the Fiji International presented by Fiji Air­ways, knowing that the more birdies scored the more funding they will receive.

“It is really a great way to engage our students during the tournament and leaving a legacy past the event this year.”

PGA Australia general manager tournament event operations Na­talie Mcilroy said, they have two other initiatives ongoing since March this year.

She said one is the West Caps School Junior programme and TTF will be providing free buses in four locations to accommodate partici­pants.

“This initiative is being accom­modated today at Natadola Bay and Shangri-La Fijian Resort. There are four locations and there will be more incentives provided.”

However, organisers of the Fiji’s largest international event believe the tournament should be more than just an advert with the local community also being direct benefi­ciaries.

LASTING LEGACY

“It’s always been our goal for the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways to be about more than just a one-week golf tournament,” said Gavin Kirkman CEO of the PGA of Australia which owns the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and along with Sports and Enter­tainment Limited owners of the Fiji International presented by Fiji Air­ways.

“Our hope is that we can leave a lasting legacy for the entire nation of Fiji beyond just the four days of tournament play and the exposure that brings.

“Promoting tourism to Fiji via the international television coverage is a very obvious benefit of playing here but we want the tournament to be more than just an ad for Fiji as a destination.

“We are proud to host a number of community initiatives that we hope Fijians not only become involved in but also reap the benefits.”

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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