For its second year as Gold Sponsors, the resort launched the tournament in style with a Gala Dinner on Tuesday, October 13th at the Natadola Ballroom. The Gold-themed night began with pre-dinner drinks on the water courts surrounded by Elements of Natadola themed live cooking stations for 300 exclusive guests. Aside from professional golfers and media, the event was attended by many of Fiji’s dignitaries, heads of corporate houses and national rugby players who were on hand to support sports tourism in Fiji.
Over the four day event, the resort’s Food & Beverage department prepped and served over 1000 meals per day for golf professionals, host participants, event organizers, sponsors, international and local volunteers. A separate live gourmet barbeque cooking station was set up to serve an additional 600 servings for spectators each day.
“Through careful planning with event organisers, our events and operations team are consistently able to cater to high profile events such as the Fiji International,” says Nicolas De Visch, Executive Chef at the InterContinental Fiji. “It was a challenge however I am very proud of our team as they were able to offer a high level of food and service at the Natadola Bay Golf Course during the tournament and not disrupt normal hotel operations at the main resort while we were at over 90% occupancy.”
“The Fiji International was an opportunity to showcase what Natadola Bay and InterContinental Fiji has to offer, but most importantly it gave us a chance to promote Fiji as an authentic and enriching golf tourism destination that can cater for the high caliber of international professional golfers and visitors to Fiji,” says Director of MICE, David Pearson. “Natadola Bay is an idyllic location and the InterContinental Fiji team is a credit to the resort; undoubtedly one of our strongest selling point.”
The 2015 PGA OneAsia Fiji International came to an end at Natadola Bay on Sunday, October 18, 2015 with American golfer Matt Kuchar taking home the tournament trophy. A total prize purse of FJD$1.54 million was shared amongst the players at the end of the tournament which ran over four days.