‘Momentous occasion’

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Golfers at the 2022 Sheraton Golf Classic in Denarau Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

The 2022 Sheraton Golf Classic is a momentous occasion for stakeholders of the event and the sport, says Fiji/Samoa at Marriott International sales and marketing director Regina Wilson.

The event is back after two years and is supported by Tourism Fiji. It’s officials opening was held at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club on Tuesday.

“We’ve been waiting for this day for the past 24 months,” Wilson said.

“There is a real buzz of activity as tourism resumes with our strong vaccination drive that is at 90 per cent of the eligible population. The event itself will bring millions of much-needed dollars into our tourist economy that was hit hard by the pandemic. It offers great value for money and is the biggest pro-am tournament held in Fiji.

“It’s great to see our chefs, gardeners, serenaders and wait staff back at work. Those jobs will create economic opportunities for others as the tourism ecosystem expands with events such as the Sheraton Golf Classic.

“Fiji is open for happiness finally, given our hardships in the past two years.”

More than 220 professional and amateur golfers are participating in the 10th version of the four-day Sheraton Golf Classic at the Natadola Bay golf and the Denarau golf courses.

Games started on Wednesday with a gala banquet dinner and entertainment scheduled for Saturday at Sandy Point, Sheraton Fiji Golf and Beach Resort, where prizes will also be disbursed to the top finishers.

Fiji, famed for her idyllic white-sand beaches and welcoming nature, now offers quarantine free travel to fully-vaccinated travellers from all over the world.

This is after Fiji reopened her borders from December 1 last year after 600 days of COVID-19 infection.

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