Cruise ships used as hotels in 2010

26/11/2009 at 13:58 11 comments

Despite the fact that the one hotel after the other is being built in South Africa, it seems that the host country of the 2010 FIFA World Cup is short of accommodation. The South African Ministry of Transport has come up with a solution: to use cruise liners as floating hotels.

According to FIFA officials, South Africa’s two main problems with regards to the  preparations of the World Cup Soccer, which will kick off in June 2010, are transport and accommodation. Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has said that he wants to take an example in Portugal. In 2004, this European country hosted the European championship, during which is made successful use of cruise ships.

“They are going to be quite important especially for 2010 both as people movers and even as accommodation,” Reuters quoted Ndebele.

He added that the response from shipping companies looked promising. It is not sure how many ships would serve as floating hotel, but the minister said they would be mainly moored in Durban and Cape Town.

A huge run on 2010 FIFA World Cup tickets as well as accommodation is expected after the Final Draw for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, which will take place in Cape Town on December 4, 2009. During this event it will be disclosed whom the 32 qualified soccer teams will play in which 2010 host city.

Because of this and the existing shortage of accommodation, soccer fans are advised to plan their trips as soon as possible, as half a million foreign visitors are expected to travel to South Africa between June and July 2010 for the FIFA Soccer World Cup.

Source: Reuters


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