Fiji says it has recognised the importance of the sports tourism market to boost the visitor numbers to Fiji, as well as contribute to the development of sports in Fiji, with Uprising Beach Resort announcing at Fijian Tourism Expo 2015 plans to continue its passion for sports development in Fiji at the national and international level by pursuing the niche sports tourism market.
Uprising announced in the presence of the Minister of Tourism and Executive Chairman of Tourism Fiji that it will be investing in the development of an international sized rugby training field, a high performance sports gym, a multi-purpose court, a 25m lap pool, sprint track and also meeting and physio rooms, fitting in with the requirement of professional sports teams.
Uprising has already built a reputation as a strong supporter of local sports and teams, in particular in rugby with Fiji producing world class Fijian rugby players.
Locally owned and managed by a team born and raised in Pacific Harbour, Uprising says it has a strong desire to continue to provide opportunities to ensure that local employment in the Pacific Harbour area is supported, uprising says it has identified a need for better facilities outside of the major urban areas in order to provide more options for touring international teams as well as local teams wanting a “one stop shop” for all their teams sporting needs.
Uprising also says it will be able to provide the perfect solution for touring teams coming to Fiji to compete in sports events whilst still having that special Fiji Island experience, while also providing Fiji’s national sporting bodies in rugby, netball, basketball, swimming and soccer with an affordable camp option to aid in preparations for upcoming tours and major competitions, adding there is hope for an immediate impact in the local community with more opportunities for our youth to engage sports as a potential career opportunity.
Executive Chairman of the Tourism Fiji Board of Directors and Acting CEO, Mr Truman Bradley says, “Sports tourism is a growing niche which Tourism Fiji is committed to supporting as we’ve seen the impact that sporting events which are held in Fiji annually, such as the Fiji Pro by the World Surf League and the Fiji International Triathlon have on the tourism industry.”
He added, “The organic growth from these sporting events illustrates the massive potential that exists for increasing visitor arrivals, as sports tourism attracts large groups. We are diligently working on capturing this market and the announcement by Uprising Beach Resort is reflective of our commitment.”
Uprising Beach Resort is described as an authentic Fijian accommodation option, located just 45 minutes outside of Suva in Pacific Harbour, described as the Adventure Capital of Fiji, offering quality and a unique range of accommodation options to choose from, and the perfect home base to some of Fiji’s most sort after ocean and land activities such as the internationally acclaimed “Shark Reef Shark Dives” and the “Garden of Eden” Rivers Fiji Tour of the Upper Navua River.
I met with Uprising General Manager James Pridgeon [pictured] and to hear what he had to say please click on the video box below:
Written by : John Alwyn-Jones