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Media Release: SANParks releases accommodation back to market

Date: 2nd March 2010

South African National Parks (SANParks) announced today that a large portion of the accommodation reserved for the FIFA World Cup will be released to the general market from Thursday, 4 March 2010 at 7:30am.

South African National Parks (SANParks) announced today that a large portion of the accommodation reserved for the FIFA World Cup will be released to the general market from Thursday, 4 March 2010 at 7:30am.

As per an agreement signed in 2007 between SANParks and MATCH Services (a professional services company contracted by FIFA to provide ticketing, accommodation and event information technology services to FIFA for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™) in which SANParks agreed to contract a maximum 30% of its inventory for use over the tournament period, there were to be specific release periods if the inventory was not sold on time by MATCH.

This according to SANParks, Managing Executive: Tourism and Marketing, Glenn Phillips, who said that 9 132 room nights were released in December last year and now 14 731 will be released. In addition to this an agreement was reached recently in which all remaining unsold inventory still held by MATCH will be released back to SANParks with immediate effect. “This is good news for our loyal South African visitor base as this means they will now have further opportunity to book their favorite SANParks destinations.

According to Phillips it is also important for patrons to note that normal rates will apply, no increases will be effected. He said that Kruger National Park (KNP) camps, Berg-en-Dal, Pretoriuskop and Skukuza will also be available to the public on Thursday.

Phillips further stated that during the event period much focus will be on the Skukuza camp, one of the three camps that received a reasonable amount of reservations for the World Cup period. “It is against this background that we would like visitors that will be booked in Skukuza to take note of the 2010 activities as the camp will not be business as usual.”

He said due to high demand in KNP most inventory will be open to the members of the public on Thursday, 4 March at 7:30am. “However the rest of the national parks are currently available on the reservation system.”

The parks/camps available include:

Phillips said normal booking conditions will apply and guests can contact one of the many reservation offices, or book through the web site or Travel Trade or group bookings. For group booking consisting of 6 units or more, reservation must be made through Travel Trade office, should contact the trade desk to make these bookings.

In conclusion, Phillips said one of key points of SANParks 2010 strategy was to ensure that our loyal South African market would be recognized at all times and… “we would not displace this market hence the 30/70 split.”

Issued by:
SANParks Corporate Communications

Media Enquiries:
Reynold Thakhuli – GM: PR, Media and Stakeholder Relations, SANParks, tel: (012) 426 5203, cell: 073 373 4999, email: reyt@sanparks.org

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