Botswana Tourism to Boom during Worldcup 2010

With the Official World cup 2010 set to commence in Jun, Botswana official study has revealed that the tourism industry is set to benefit from the visiting teams and population in the neighbouring South Africa. The main beneficiaries are African safari Botswana, hotels and accommodation options, Botswana safari companies, tour agencies as well as other stake holders in the tourism industry.

These facts were declated to participants in the Spotlight Travel Workshop that was held a few weeks ago in Gaborone.This has caused excitement among the Gaborone holiday and vacation companies who will directly benefit from the World Cup, come July.

Malebogo said in order to meet the FIFA accommodation standards they had to renovate their hotels in order to qualify and their hotels are so far fully booked for the months of May and June due to the flooding of international football lovers into the region.

Mpho Nkoane of Avis, a car rental service provider, said they too are beginning to feel a boom in business because of the World Cup. She said their business growth is witnessed by their almost all out rental of their cars. “To keep up with the coming demand we have decided to increase the fleet of our cars,” she said.

The nationally-owned air service provider for Botswana flights, Air Botswana, is also set to profit from the coming World Cup as there will be a lot of tourist traffic passing through, or staying in Botswana in order to watch some of the games commuting from here.

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The marketing executive of the latter, Daphne Osenkeng, said to keep up with the upcoming surge in tourists traffic, they have introduced a three times a day Johannesburg to Kasane flight as well as a Johannesburg to Francistown flight.

“To attract customers, we have not increased our fares and we have also introduced an online booking system for convenience; in that way, tourists can book as far as Europe.”

Simply Botswana’s Chief Executive Officer, David Kepaletswe, said his company, which provides a one online stop shop, is already starting to benefit from the World Cup as people are starting to book online. Kepaletswe said initially people were not into the idea of Botswana’s E-Tourism website, which offers customers an opportunity to view, book and buy Botswana’s products online. However, “ international tourists are booking in large numbers as they are used to the idea,” he said confidently.