FIFA 2010 WORLD CUP cape town prepares to play host With hotel construction, road upgrades and Cape Town’s Greenpoint Stadium fast nearing completion for its debut performance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa, soccer fever is running high in Cape Town. In the broader Western Cape too, football fever is escalating, as towns and cities from around the province jostle with each other to be selected as base-camp for the world’s best football teams. With Cape Town one of the official 2010 host cities, where eight matches will be played – including a semifinal – both training and tourism facilities are being fine-tuned as the city prepares to lay out the red carpet for the world’s top international teams. With an estimated 350 000 international soccer tourists expected to visit South Africa’s shores between 11 June and 11 July 2010, the countdown is gathering pace. IT’S ALL ABOUT 2010 AND BEYOND: A BOOM IN NEW HOTEL ACCOMMODATION At least 12 new hotels are due to open in the next two years. this boom in new hotel accommodation includes a luxury 130-suite and 12-penthouse apartment hotel in cape Town’s city centre by the New City Group; the 180-room fivestar Taj Hotel, also in the city; the Holiday Inn Express Hotel; as well as the 150-room one & only Luxury Hotel at the Waterfront; Ambassador Group’s Dock House Boutique Hotel in the V&A Waterfront; the 150-room five-star NH Oscar Pearse, opening its doors at the end of 2009 and the 96-room Tijger Wijn Conference Hotel will be opening during 2009 in Durbanville, on the outskirts of Cape Town. Relais Hotels’ newest development, the Harbour Bridge Hotel and Suites, opened in January 2009 in Cape Town’s Roggebaai The international tourism markets being targeted by Cape town and the Western cape in the run-up to the 2010 FIFA Tourism Precinct. The all-suite Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and World Cup™ include the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Residence recently opened in Green Point with three France, the Benelux countries, Scandinavia, USA, Brazil, restaurants, a spa and wellness centre, and rooftop Argentina, Kenya and Nigeria. entertainment area. Outside of the city centre, there is the new 20-room boutique De Noordhoek Hotel, two new Protea hotels, while sun International MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURAL UPGRADES AHEAD OF opened a 96-room hotel to complement its Golden Valley Casino 2010 With 2010 fast approaching, the significant infrastructural in Worcester, a town in the Western Cape’s scenic Breede River upgrades include a R1,3 billion (R = South African Rand) Valley, in late 2008. revamp of Cape Town’s International Airport. This includes a For more interesting 2010 facts and figures, please see Cape R900-million terminal with air bridges, parking garages and Town Routes Unlimited’s 2010 FIFA World Cup™ roads upgrade. The upgrades will cater for an increase in new Research Report on www.capetownroutesunlimited.com For airlines flying to Cape Town from the Middle East, Europe, Africa more information on the cape town and Western cape and South America, as well as those existing carriers increasing tourism experience, visit www.tourismcapetown.co.za their frequencies to the city. During the World cup cape town International Airport will serve as the hub for arrivals from north and south America. About R30-billion is being invested in public transport and infrastructure in the Western Cape, while R1,2 billion is being used to upgrade the railway system.
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