Copa Airlines, one of the region’s leading airlines, has signed a major marketing and promotion agreement with NexGen Golf Academy that would see the flag of this major airline flying over many of the golf events and programs on becoming Guyana.
Compañia Panameña de Aviación, SA, known simply as Copa Airlines, is Panama’s flag carrier. With its headquarters in Panama City, Panama, the airline connects destinations in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean through its America Boost®, located at Tocumen International Airport.
Summit General Manager Camille Hackett said, “Our relationship with NexGen Global and Mr. Hussain has seen a tremendous positive impact in the development of the sport, and the steps taken to involve women and children in the game have given us the reassurance that this is the right step for Copa Airlines to provide the necessary support which he and the Golf Society need. ”
President of Guyana Golf Association and NexGen Golf Academy, Aleem Hussain, was effective in praising Commercial Coordinator Nadine Oudkerk and Sales Executive Christopher Ferrell, who credited with the venture to join forces to help develop the sport at Guyana.
“This progressive team saw the niche for growth, and without hesitation did everything possible to ensure we could form a sustainable partnership that would see as many as 3,000 new people open to the game over the next twelve months.”
This year, as part of this exciting partnership, many activities and events for new players and schoolchildren will be run away by NexGen Golf Academy, Guyana Golf Association, and the Ministry of Education’s Related Arts Unit. From these, participants will have the opportunity to play and learn, and in doing so, reap many rewards simply by participating in a COVID-19 compliant activity.
According to Ms Oudkerk, “the prestigious first quarter event will be a fantastic Hole-in-One Competition, where the winner will receive a round-trip ticket to any American destination where Copa Airlines flies ! ” (travel must be completed by specific dates and some restrictions apply).
The activity will take place at the Academy on Woolford Avenue starting on February 6th, and all players have to do is hole the ball in one shot to win the amazing prize, a dream trip to a destination of their choice !
“We expect this will encourage many people to come out to take part, and Copa Airlines staff will be on hand at many of these activities to support NexGen Golf and the Guyana Golf Association and answer any questions people may have. about our services and destinations, ”said Sales Executive Christopher Ferrell.
According to Hussain, 2021 will be a banner year for golf as interest in the sport has risen to new levels and several major developments are planned.
“With the construction of the 18-hole Championship golf course in Maraiko Bay underway, and at least three more courses in the pipeline, Guyana will soon become a golf destination, and that means great news for tourism, hotels, airlines and other service providers. Golfers are among the top spenders in the tourism industry, on average around US $ 3,950 per golfer on a golf trip. And add to the fact that most golfers love living close to or on a golf course, property values tend to increase by 30% or more wherever courses are built. ”
A 4-bedroom golf course home in nearby Barbados rents for as much as US $ 3,000- $ 4,500 / night depending on the season, and is the same in Jamaica and almost every other golf destination.
“We have lost out far too long on this lucrative market, and we see this partnership with Copa Airlines and the development of Maraiko Bay and other golf communities as the path to new wealth for Guyanese investors and homeowners , ”Said Hussain. “We see Maraiko Bay competing against any of the Caribbean’s top resort properties, as it offers everything and more they provide – championship golf, marina, shopping, beach, and eco-tours . “
With a championship golf course, the air lift will increase, as will revenue from sports tourism. And the possibility of holding major golf tournaments on a regular basis is fast becoming a reality. With golf now being introduced to the school system, and with the excellent corporate support and sponsorship being put behind the development of the game, Guyana will be in a position to compete at international and even international level. Olympic level in a short space of time.
Hussain stressed that the number and quality of facilities under the Nexgen Global umbrella will continually improve, but the aim is to reduce the cost of playing golf while making it more accessible to a wider audience.
“Our corporate partners agree that, for far too long, this incredible feat has been kept out of the hands of our citizens, and is the first of many cooperation agreements designed to allow thousands of Guyanese to play Golf. ”
For more information on Copa Airlines, their destinations and services, visit their local office at 212 Camp Street, or visit their webpage www.copaair.com. To find out more about the Hole-in One tournament or any golf activities at NexGen Golf Academy. You can find information on Facebook, or call 645-0944.