Fifa World cup: property company says PMB has enough beds for 2010 visitors

2009-12-10 00:00

THE city of Pietermaritzburg will have enough accommodation for the thousands of visitors expected to arrive for South Africa’s soccer showpiece next year, says the property company, Status Property Trust.

Pietermaritzburg was recently touted as a possible training venue for one of the teams that will be playing in next year’s World Cup, but the perceived lack of accommodation, poor infrastructure and the limited capacity of Oribi Airport have raised doubts.

Juliette van Vuuren of Status Property Trust said, however, that there is an abundance of accommodation in the city.

She said there are at least 5 000 beds available to accommodate all of next year’s visitors.

“There are many bed-and-breakfasts, hostels, lodges and private homes that will be available to accommodate the visitors,” said Van Vuuren.

She said thousand of rooms will be rented out and the cost to rent will depend on the type of the room and the neighbourhood.

Depending on the type of house and the suburb, the room can cost between R350 and R3 850 per night.

Van Vuuren said Pietermaritzburg has a multitude of advantages that will allow it to attract a great number of visitors.

“We are in the midlands at the centre of everything. We are 45 minutes away from Durban, where some of the greatest games will be played, and we have great museums and wildlife.”

Van Vuuren can be reached at 076 097 2523 or e-mail macfire@mweb.co.za

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