The event commenced with a spectacular performance by the young and vibrant VOU Music & Dance School, followed by the official welcome speech and official opening by the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama.
Proudly supported by the Fijian Government, the Fiji International is expected to produce a multi-million dollar boost for the Fijian economy, in addition to flow on benefits including the growth of the game in the region.
This year, Fiji International and Rugby Union joined forces to promote both Golf and Rugby in the region to increase awareness of both sports and boost interest. Spectators can look forward to meeting Brand Ambassadors, Fiji 7s Coach; Ben Ryan, Fiji Rugby 7s team World Champions Osea Kolinisau (Captain) and Emosi Mulevoro (Fly Half) as they make public appearances during the tournament week at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course; making it a great day out on one of Fiji’s most stunning golf courses.
“Our partnership with PGA Australia isn’t just limited to staging the Fiji International but raising the profile of golf in Fiji,” said Prime Minister Bainimarama. “Getting more Fijians to develop a love of the game and getting the whole family involved.”
“We’re thrilled with the support for the Fiji International both locally and internationally,” said Erik Stuebe, Area General Manager at InterContinental Fiji. “With the immediate multi-million dollar boost to local economy the influx of visitors is bringing, the tournament has placed Fiji on the world stage as an exceptional golf destination, which has long term benefits for Fiji’s tourism industry.”
Last night’s gala dinner officially commenced the PGA OneAsia Fiji International contributing to the hype, excitement and anticipation for Thursday’s tee off at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course.
Home to the famous Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course, one of the world’s best beaches, and the luxurious InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Natadola Bay is quickly becoming one of the top – and most exotic – golfing destinations in the world.
For further information on the Fiji International visit www.fijiinternational.com.