Tourism industry tackles 2010 problems

The challenges faced by hotel operators in Gauteng ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup will feature prominently at a tourism imbizo in Boksburg tomorrow.

The challenges faced by hotel operators in Gauteng ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup will feature prominently at a tourism imbizo in Boksburg tomorrow.

Pule Malefane, the Gauteng Tourism Authority's acting chief executive officer, said they wanted to ensure that all the operators were prepared for the month-long tournament.

Some of the hotels, bed and breakfast and guest house owners are unhappy with the rates offered by Match for the use of their facilities.

Match is the official Fifa accommodation and ticketing agency for both the Confedera-tions Cup and World Cup.

"We are aware that some of the owners of the accommodation facilities are unhappy with the conditions imposed by Match.

"There will be no problems with accommodation for the World Cup if people from the hospitality sector in Gauteng are all on board," Malefane said.

Tourism South Africa has also resigned from the advisory committee of Match after complaints by the hospitality sector regarding the terms offered to them.

Malefane said GTA were asked to intervene by Finance and Economic Development MEC Mandla Nkomfe in the issues raised by the hospitality sector.

"This was after some of the hotels, B&B owners and tour operators raised their concerns with MEC Nkomfe during his recent imbizo," said Malefane.

Representatives from Match and the Local Organising Committee will also attend.

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