Durban hotels brace for finals fever

2008-10-21 00:00

WHILE Sharks fans cross their fingers for their team, the Durban hospitality industry is bracing for the thousands of fans expected this weekend.

Hotels are almost fully booked by Bulls supporters, many of whom booked rooms hours after the finalists were confirmed.

Fedhasa spokesman Alan Vels said most hotels in Durban are booked to capacity.

“There will be a full occupancy rate by [tomorrow]. This is positive for the hotel industry in Durban,” he said.

Tourism KZN spokesman James Seymour said the Currie Cup final is a great way of exposing Durban to the world.

“It’s great for the image of the city because of the television coverage. It will heighten awareness of the city, which will be excellent for the build-up to the festive season,” he said.

Seymour could not confirm the estimated expenditure, but he said the economic injection will run into millions.

Riverside Hotel general manager Steve van Greunen said the hotel was fully booked by Blue Bull supporters, rugby commentators and celebrities.

“Fans love our proximity to the stadium. The hotel will be packed and it will be a great weekend for everyone,” he said.

Suncoast Towers and Hotel’s sales and marketing manager, Kantha Pillay, said the hotel is also fully booked.

“It means great business for us. The hotel will be very busy … which is great,” she said.

Airports Company of South Africa spokesman Colin Naidoo said Durban International Airport will be a hive of activity on Friday night as Blue Bull supporters descend on the city.

“We are expecting all flights to be packed to capacity. The atmosphere will be electric. The airport will be buzzing on Friday and Sunday,” he said.

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