- South African authorities have warned the hospitality sector in the country against hiking accommodation prices during next year’s World Cup.
The Local Organising Committee of the 2010 FIFA World Cup warned that the inflated prices could damage South Africa's prospects of enticing tourists back after the competition.
The warning follows after reports revealed that some hotels and private homes have inflated prices in the hope to cash in huge profits from soccer fans and other groups coming for the event which starts in June next year.
The organising committee boss, Danny Jordaan, has also reported today that there was still a shortfall of more than 46 000 rooms in the country, even though a dozen new hotels have opened across the country in the last few years.
He said this shortage could pose a challenge especially to smaller host cities, when they have to host big following matches.
The 2010 World Cup is expected to create some huge tourism trickles, not only for the hosts, South Africa, but also its neighbouring sister countries, who have also started with renovations and putting up of new infrastructure in the hope that some visitors and national teams would utilise states around South Africa in the pre-world cup race and after.
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