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World Cup leads to high business travel for SA

03 February, 2010

As South Africa gears itself up for the upcoming World Cup in June, the country has seen a sharp increase in businesses holding conferences in the area. Conference centres across the nation have reported a high number of inquiries from foreign and local businesses hoping to hold meetings and events in the country before the World Cup kicks off.

The CEO of AstroTech Conference Centre in Parktown, Liza van Wyk, said that the increase is due to the arrival of the World Cup in South Africa. Many firms are looking to hold their important events before the kick-off as the world is focusing on the country. Ms van Wyk believes that many South African companies are scheduling conferences before the kick-off because of the price rise of travel during the tournament.

South Africa also made into the top 10 destinations to visit by the British based firm ABTA. This highly regarded award is seen as a major step for South Africa to improve on their tourism industry. ABTA represent more 9,000 UK travel agents and the have said that South Africa is a great place to visit and the conference facilities are some of the best in the world.

The World Cup in June and July is expected to attract football fans from all over the world as they bid to watch their country in action. Matches are being played all over the country and special transportation is being laid on for the events so that no one will miss a match. Some of the major cities will introduce giant TV screens so all the action can be seen if tickets are sold out for some travelling fans.


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