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3 July 2010, 06:00 a.m. | World Cup driving SA tourism 2010

 South African Tourism is confident that foreign football fans in the country for the 2010 Fifa World Cup  are making a positive contribution to the economy – and that the benefits will last long after the final whistle is blown.

"From a touristic point of view this has been a fabulous opportunity, given the exposure that South Africa has received all over the world," said Thandiwe January-McLeatn, head of South African Tourism.


Gillian Saunders, of accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton, said predictions are that South Africa will make about R8.8-billion (US$1.1-billion) from tourism during the World Cup. “That's just a slice of the R93-billion [$12-billion] that the games are expected to generate for the economy.”


Evidence of tourist interest in the country can be seen in local bars and restaurants, which are packed daily with foreign fans here to support their teams.


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