FSC taps into sports tourism

The Fiji Times - - YOUR BUSINESS - By ABISHEK CHAND

THE Fiji Sports Coun­cil (FSC) is in talks to build ac­com­mo­da­tion near the Voda­fone Arena to con­tinue the growth of the sport­ing in­dus­try by tap­ping into sports tourism.

FSC chair­man Peter Mazey re­vealed this dur­ing the Fiji In­sti­tute of Ac­coun­tants Sym­po­sium, stat­ing the coun­cil had com­menced with de­mol­ish­ment of the former Lau­cala Bay Sec­ondary School.

“It is be­ing to­tally cleared as we speak and through public and pri­vate part­ner­ship a se­ries of new build­ings will be there,” Mr Mazey said.

“We have al­ready had meet­ings with a num­ber of in­vestors, all lo­cal, in

Fiji who have ex­pressed in­ter­est in be­ing part of this new devel­op­ment and th­ese will in­clude at the mo­ment a new 15-storey three-star ho­tel be­cause it is right next to the univer­sity and needed to con­tinue the growth in sports, host­ing of sports tour­na­ments and sports tourism.”

He added there would also be plans to have a bud­get ho­tel which would be a dor­mi­tory type of ac­com­mo­da­tion to bring out teams from the is­lands.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Mazey, dis­cus­sions were un­der­way in re­gards to the Vu­vale part­ner­ship with the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment.

“We have in­di­cated we re­quire a Pa­cific sports acad­emy right down in front of the Voda­fone Arena and we are hav­ing very favourable talks with Aus­tralia to fund that as we speak.

“That is to be for the whole Pa­cific as we have found out that our ath­letes and other ath­letes from other coun­tries to par­tic­i­pate in sports and train.”

He added this would make it more wor­thy for other coun­tries to in­vest in.

Lau­cala Bay is set out to be to­tally de­vel­oped ac­cord­ing to Mr Mazey, as there will be more mul­ti­pur­pose courts es­tab­lished.

“All th­ese devel­op­ment will pro­vide the fund­ing for sports through the in­vest­ment in a multi-use mix­ture of com­mer­cial and sports fa­cil­i­ties.”

Pic­ture: FILE

Peter Mazey.

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