Pretoria – In expectance of a large influx of foreign visitors to South Africans shores for the Soccer World Cup in 2010, domestic tourists can rest assured that they will also have resorts and lodges where they may take a break to during the school holidays.
“In support of our traditional local market, we wish to encourage our people to take the opportunity to reserve their holiday breaks before the final draw for the World Cup takes place on 4 December 2009” said Kobus Tait, CEO of Forever Resorts.
“We are worried that our local patrons might be leaving on their December breaks without realizing the effect the final draw might have on their holiday plans for next year June/July. Attending the World Travel Market currently hosted in London, made me aware that all accommodation not yet contracted to the Soccer World Cup will be absorbed within days after the final draw takes place”, said Christo Wagenaar, Group Marketing Manager of the company.
Tait said that although Forever Resorts fully support the hosting of the World Cup by South Africa, but they also have to remain loyal to the regular visitors from within the region. “It is for this reason that we are proud to announce that although we committed 50% of our fixed accommodation to the World Cup, we have kept more than 500 chalets and hotel rooms for our local market. We also have 2500 Caravan and Camping stands available during the School holidays”, said Tait.
The company fully committed their city Hotels in Centurion, White River and Phalaborwa, as well as chalets and hotel-rooms on their resorts such as Warmabths, Badplaas, Loskop Dam, Blyde Canyon, Gariep and Plettenberg to operators for the six weeks of the World Cup. Some of the Lodges in the portfolio of 24 properties were also committed for this purpose.
The Swadini and Tshipise resorts and Isiyala, Waterfall, Amanzi and Phalaborwa Safari Lodges have been exclusively retained for usages for the South African travellers.
“We foresee a wonderful mix of South African braai’s and international soccer supporters mixing on our beautiful properties, whilst those who wish to “get away from it all can also do so” said Wagenaar.
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