Soweto tourist info centre opens

23 February 2006

The Soweto Tourism and Information Centre is set to provide a comprehensive service to the hundreds of thousands of people who visit South Africa’s world-famous township every year.

The one-stop tourist information shop was opened this week at the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication in Kliptown, where the Freedom Charter was adopted 50 years ago.

“Soweto is the most visited township in South Africa,” Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo said at the launch. “Its heritage and history, its culture and unique position in the liberation struggle, make it a must-see destination for foreign as well as local visitors.”

Masondo said some 250 000 local and international tourists visit the township every year.

From its place on the historic site, the centre will provide comprehensive and integrated help and information to tourists. Visitors will be able to book accommodation in Soweto, and plan and book tours and site guides.

The centre, developed by the Johannesburg Tourism Company in partnership with the private sector, has a visitors’ area, a fully equipped conference and meeting room, a curio shop, a call centre, an internet cafe and a cafeteria.

It will also have a training facility for aspirant young entrepreneurs wanting to establish small businesses in the hospitality and other related sectors.

The centre will be operated and managed by the Johannesburg Tourism Company. For more information, call +27 (0)11 214-0700.

Source: City of Johannesburg