22 September 2009
With less than 10 months to go before the 2010 Fifa World Cup, another 2010 visitor information centre has been launched to give tourists arriving in the country easy access to accommodation, road maps and other information.
Deputy Tourism Minister Thokozile Xasa launched the R7.6-million centre in Rustenburg in North West province on Monday.
Centres have already been launched in Port Elizabeth and Polokwane, while two more centres are planned for Bloemfontein and Nelspruit.
The centres provide tourists with a one-stop service where they can get assistance with information on a wide range of tourism products, including information on accommodation, tours, vehicle hire, entertainment, dining, sports, adventure, shopping and travel tips.
The Rustenburg centre covers 412 square metres and includes offices, a coffee shop and a retail area for locally produced crafts.
The information and reservation system used in the centres was developed in South Africa and is designed specifically for the South African market.
The cost-effective system has the ability to allow users to plan and finalise a travel itinerary by means of touch screens and web-based technology.