SA receives 110 000 foreign World Cup fans – official

2010-06-16 12:08

About 110 000 foreign visitors came to South Africa for the opening

days of the World Cup, organisers said today, with a similar number of South

Africans also returning from overseas.

Foreign arrivals were up by about one third compared to the first

part of June last year, with the increase believed to be largely World Cup fans,

said Rich Mkhondo, spokesperson for the Local Organising Committee.

A total of 456 000 foreigners visited the country from June 1-13,

up from about 345 000 during the same period last year, Mkhondo told a press


“This increase for 2010 can be clearly attributed to the FIFA World

Cup,” he said.

The home affairs ministry also indicated that a large number of

South Africans returned from overseas for the games.

About 140 000 additional South Africans entered the country

compared to the same period in June last year, it said in a statement.

The ministry said arrivals were expected to keep rising as the

tournament progresses.

“We are quite sure that this figure will continue increasing as the

World Cup progresses,” it said.

South Africa expects a total of 300 000 foreign visitors during the

four-week tournament, down from an initial forecast of 450 000.

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