2010 boost for SA's neighbours

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These include 157 rooms in Botswana and 329 rooms in Swaziland. That’s according to Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk who addressed the Africa Investor Tourism Awards in Johannesburg.

The Minister said his department has set itself a target of 10 000 non-hotel rooms to be signed up by May and “all indications are that these targets will be exceeded”.

“This is evidence of our commitment to economic growth and ensuring that this great event is indeed an African World Cup where the benefits extend to our neighbouring countries.”

He said Africa was the leading region in terms of growth in international tourist arrivals in 2005 and 2006.