25 August 2009
Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk will this week launch a 2010 visitor information centre in Polokwane, Limpopo province to ensure that tourists arriving in the city for the 2010 Fifa World Cup get the best information and advice.
More than 450 000 visitors are expected to arrive in South Africa during the World Cup, and the country’s 2010 visitor information centres will provide important tourism and information services in the country’s less-visited provinces.
In July, the first three 2010 visitor information centres were launched in the Eastern Cape, at Port Elizabeth Airport, the lighthouse facility at the Donkin Reserve, and the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World.
Further centres will be opening in Nelspruit in Mpumalanga province, Rustenburg in North West province, and Bloemfontein in the Free State.
Developed at a cost of R 6.7-million, the centres are one-stop shops offering tourists information on a range of services, including reservations, accommodation, tours, vehicle hire, entertainment, adventure and travel tips.
Visitors will be able to make use of user-friendly touch screens linked to a central database of tourism products on offer. They will also be able to access free internet and an online booking system at the centres.