Mini tourism boom for South Africa anticipated for 2011/2012
Thursday 15, July 2010
Whispers in the corridor hint at a mini-tourism boom anticipated for South Africa, following on the success, the intense media coverage and the great praise lavished on South Africa during and after the soccer World Cup.
As Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa recently commented:
'The social benefits are priceless. We have seen remarkable unity, patriotism and solidarity being displayed by South Africans, which has never been witnessed before.'
We are enormously proud of our World Cup achievements, particularly of the sense of unity amongst South Africans - we are 'can do' people - evident in the success of the World Cup, and we are ready to 'knock-the-socks off' of tourists that choose to holiday in Africa, following on the success and media coverage of the World Cup.
We are confident that our service levels and standards in safari lodges as well as guest houses and hotels across South Africa are above par... and the improvements that most establishments, whether it be hotel or restaurant or attraction, embarked on for the World Cup event, will stand us in good stead for future international travellers visiting our sunny shores.
Another testament to the high standards across the board in tourism services in South Africa, as well as South Africa as an outstanding tourism destination, was further endorsed, at the annual World Travel Awards for Africa (held 13 Jul 2010), as South Africa walked away with 36 awards out of the total 49 categories . Here is just a brief selection:
Africa’s Leading Airline – South African Airways
Africa’s Leading Airport – OR Tambo International Airport, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Destination – Cape Town, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Port – Durban, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Business Hotel – Hilton Durban, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Green Hotel – The Phantom Forest Eco-Reserve on the Garden Route, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Luxury Train – The Blue Train
But perhaps one of our most endearing attributes, is that South African’s are genuinely friendly people. Listening to a recent radio interview with tourists in the country for the World Cup, a German tourist laughed that in his home country, you go to the shops and say ‘Can I have a coke’. In South Africa, you go to the shops and say, ‘How are you? How’s the family? What school are your children in … and can I have a coke?’
Speak to one of our Africa specialists for holiday packages throughout South Africa and her neighbouring countries of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Mozambique. Thompsons Africa, let us guide you on your South African holiday and safari.
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