Media Release: KNP a MATCH Ville for 2010 Soccer World Cup
Kruger National Park's (KNP's) three rest camps i.e. Skukuza, Pretoriuskop and Berg en Dal; which are found in the Marula region (southern part) of the park will serve as one of the MATCH Ville for the 2010 Soccer World Cup visitors (there are six chosen in South Africa). This was announced by the KNP Managing Executive, Mr Abe Sibiya as he welcomed the FIFA delegation which comprised of international journalists from different countries and FIFA staff members at a breakfast meeting in KNP yesterday, December 10, 2009.
MATCH Event Services, the official agency for FIFA which takes care of accommodation and ticket sales logistics for the event is working with South African National Parks as we gear ourselves for the biggest event the country has ever staged. Logistics such as travel arrangements, accommodation, activities, meals, after-hour gate escort service etc for guests who are coming to South Africa for this exciting event will be available to them as a package from the MATCH Ville for the duration of their stay in the park from 11 June 2010 to 11 July 2010. With this package, guests will be able to travel to the stadiums, airports, other areas of interest outside the park, or just relax in the park and take part in other Park activities which are on offer.
“As KNP, we are eager to be part of this history and are delighted that you were able to take part in one of the products that we offer this morning; please share your experience with others as you go back to your respective countries” continued Mr Sibiya as he gave a brief background on the mandate of the KNP and activities that are available in the Park.
“The 2010 Soccer World Cup will take place during school closing time which is generally a busy period for KNP; South African National Parks (SANParks) therefore agreed to only provide 30% of its normal accommodation inventory to MATCH during that period,” the HOD: Public Relations, Mr William Mabasa explained to the international journalists. This therefore enables SANParks to provide 70% accommodation inventory to its loyal customers of which the majority are South Africans during that time. “As a Conservation area which does not allow travelling at night, the three host camps were also strategically chosen due to them being nearer to the gates which will allow easier movement; concluded Mabasa.
Laura Mukwevho, Internal Communication Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4262 or email: email@example.com
William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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