Sandals Latin American Golf Tournament Begins
GARCÍA…everyone is so friendly and you are welcome when you come to this country. That’s how our travel consultants feel when they get here.
ARLENES García, organizer of the Sandals Latin America Travel Advisors Golf Tournament, is happy to be back.
The two-day tournament, suspended for two years due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, is due to start at 8.30am this morning.
Its objective is to provide a friendly competition for Latin American travel advisors, made up of experienced golfers and newcomers to the sport who want to learn and enjoy the experience of golf on one of the most beautiful courses in the Caribbean. .
García says the tournament will also allow travel advisors to experience Sandals‘ three resorts in the Ocho Rios area – Sandals Royal Vacations, Sandals Ocho Rios and Beaches Ocho Rios.
“It’s important for us to introduce our brand to our travel advisors,” García told the Jamaica Observer.
“It’s important for them to see it, because seeing is believing. The opportunity they have – not only to play golf, but also to interact with travel advisors from different countries in the region and also to help and support the community – is fantastic.”
This is the eighth year the competition has been held in Jamaica and García says it’s the destination of choice when travel advisors think of the Caribbean.
“I feel at home away from home in Jamaica,” she said. “Everyone is so friendly and you are made so welcome when you come to this country. That’s how our travel advisors feel when they come here.
“It is impossible to talk about the Caribbean and not talk about Jamaica. In Latin America, when we talk about the Caribbean, the first destination that comes to mind is Jamaica. There is a special love for Jamaica, and our travel advisors are always very supportive of the Caribbean – especially this very popular destination in our Latin American countries.Our travel advisors promote the destination and the brand, and our Latin American guests are very excited to come to the Caribbean and enjoy Jamaica as one of the top destinations.”
García says the tournament will also help raise the profile of golf in Jamaica; however, travel counselors will also participate in community outreach activities during this visit.
She shared, “This year we’re packing for a purpose; our travel counselors are bringing school supplies and school bags. They’re excited to support the Sandals Foundation and they’re excited to support the community. We plan to have all items delivered to a local school in the Ocho Rios community It’s so amazing how happy and excited the travel advisors are about this event and supporting the foundation.
The tournament features 80 golfers in 19 teams representing Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay.
It follows the same format as previous years, with an eight-hole race on both days. This is where the game is played in teams of four and where each member hits their ball throughout the game. Team captains choose the best move on the first move and use the same point for each player.
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