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Mauritius offers beds for 2010

2009-05-11 16:07

Johannesburg - Mauritius has joined the 2010 Soccer World Cup Tour Operator Programme as a provider of top-line accommodation for visiting fans, the Business Day reported on Monday.

The island nation is the latest country in the region to provide accommodation for next year's World Cup with Botswana, Swaziland, Mozambique and Namibia.

Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke said that Mauritius and the other Southern African countries in the accommodation team had the chance to host fans from all over the world during the four weeks from June 11 to July 11 next year.

They would also be able to showcase the "splendid and diverse landscapes and the incredible hospitality the region has to offer".

Match, the company tasked with grading and signing up official accommodation for next year's tournament, had to look beyond SA to fulfil its requirement for 55,000 rooms.

Match's Adam Brown said last week it had already signed up more than 35 000 rooms.

The participation of Mauritius, which would contribute 3 200 rooms to the World Cup, would be of immense help to Match. Altogether 6 000 rooms have been sourced from outside SA.