South Africa hosts TTC Global Conference to boost tourism
Being host nation of a major international event is a massive investment. The 2010 FIFA World Cup staged in South Africa is no exception. The world’s largest sporting event in terms of global fan following and media coverage required unprecedented levels of capital be committed. An estimated US$4 billion is estimated to have been channelled over six years towards (re)building, stadia, airports, transport and road systems, telecommunications, accommodation, broadcasting, safety and security, and other essential infrastructure. Massive projects and massive aspirations demanding massive investment.
For Destination South Africa, hosting of the Games had a very clear set of performance metrics when it came to establishing South Africa as a leading tourism destination in the world.
With the Games now past, the leadership of South Africa’s tourism industry knows very well that memories of the 2010 FIFA World Cup are not enough to sell the destination. The destination must actively, assertively, and engagingly work with the global travel trade to sustain momentum of interest and travel intent. And it must happen now.
As expressed by Thandiwe January-McLean, CEO of South African Tourism:
“The success of the 2010 FIFA World Cup has clearly, confidently, and convincingly shown the world just how remarkable our nation truly is. There is no question that global perceptions were shifted for the better. Those who had thought of coming for the Games but decided not to in the end are, I am sure, feeling that they missed out. The goodwill created around South Africa is invaluable. But the applause of our success in hosting the Games cannot be expected to transform our economy. Especially our tourism industry. Yes, our tourism offering – our people, our products, our experiences – were all on show for the world to see. But now we need to ensure that we, as Destination South Africa, maximize that exposure and continue to offer the world experiences of a lifetime. This must be done through direct, proactive efforts, which target our key source markets effectively, engaging both travelers and the travel trade.”
For this reason, this upcoming mega-FAM trip being organized by The Travel Corporation (TTC), which will bring over 350 of the world’s A-List travel trade decision makers to Cape Town for just under one week, is viewed by South African Tourism as one of the most important events for destination South Africa in 2010.
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