Monday, August 24, 2009

Minister to launch 2010 visitor information centre

By Ofentse Mokae
24 August 2009


Tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk will officially launch the 2010 Visitor Information Centre (VIC) in Polokwane on Friday.

The newly constructed centre is intended to provide a one-stop information service to tourists requiring information on a wide range of tourism aspects.

In a media statement the department of tourism says the national 2010 VIC's project, which they are funding, will see VIC's developed in five of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa host cities.

“The five identified cities are: Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, Polokwane in Limpopo, Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, Rustenburg in the North West and Bloemfontein in the Free State,” the statement said.

The department said the primary objective of the VIC project is to effectively address the tourism needs of visitors expected to visit in the five host cities in 2010 and beyond.

These less visited provinces were earmarked for the VIC's in preparation for the 2010 Soccer World Cup South Africa, but also to grow tourism arrivals both locally and internationally.

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