A NADI-BASED company is celebrating a milestone with the establishment of a business venture that is expected to boost golf tourism and increase employment opportunities on a popular tourist haven.
Since it began operations in 2005, the J. Kevi Group has developed its business from supplying golf carts to the tourism industry to importing high quality golf course maintenance machines.
Yesterday, Starwood — the owners and operators of the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club — became the first to receive the maintenance equipment.
David Brennan, Starwood's golf maintenance manager, said acquiring the brand new equipment was part of a process designed to attract more tourists to its properties.
"Improving the golf course is important to us because we are looking at enticing more golf tourism and making Denarau and Fiji an attractive golf destination," he said.
Kevi Reddy, CEO of the J. Kevi Group said the expansion into golf course maintenance machinery also meant more jobs for locals.
"Thanks to ANZ Bank we were able to give Starwood a leasing option on this new equipment," he said.
"As part of the deal, our staff will also provide all the maintenance, we will look after them to ensure the machinery is in top shape and we have increased staff from 30 to 48."