Sports Tourism Im­por­tant: Koya

Fiji Sun - - Sport - LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI NADI Edited by Osea Bola Feed­back: litia.tikomailepanoni@fi­jisun.com.fj

The In­ter­na­tional Surf­ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s (ISA) 2016 Fiji ISA World and Pad­dle­board Cham­pi­onship will boost sports tourism, says Faiyaz Sid­diq Koya. The Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism said the event, which starts this Satur­day, is im­por­tant. The world’s best StandUp Pad­dlers (SUP) and pad­dle­board­ers ar­rived into the coun­try yes­ter­day to take part in the event at Cloud­break.

“We have had an em­pha­sis on sports tourism for quite awhile as we are try­ing to bring dif­fer­ent sports to Fiji,” he said. “Sports tourism is a big thing, we’ve quite a num­ber of com­peti­tors, and this one here has also at­tracted quite a few com­peti­tors from all around the world.

Koya said Des­ti­na­tion Fiji is now Des­ti­na­tion Sports Fiji nowa­days.

“Do come down and watch it, if you get a chance on Sun­day you should head out to Cloud­break be­cause there is an 18km run and it fin­ishes out at Mus­ket Cove.”

The 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Pad­dle Cham­pi­onship kicks off on Satur­day and ends on Novem­ber 20.

Photo: Litia Tikomailepanoni

Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Sid­diq Koya on a pad­dle­board at Wailoaloa in Nadi yes­ter­day.

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