Football fans interested in travelling to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa will be able to book accommodation on the official tournament website FIFA.com following the launch today of an online accommodation service. In total, MATCH has secured 1,725,190 room nights for next year’s FIFA World Cup™ and 43% of the entire inventory (741,832 room nights) in the 1,007 properties is reserved for the general public.
The accommodation service will enable fans to instantly search the available inventory and make bookings. The process is simple: visit the FIFA World Cup™ section on FIFA.com and click on "Destination" and then on "Accommodation". Enter the desired dates and location to view the available options and immediately book the accommodation of your choice.
Moreover, MATCH has reached a service agreement with South African Airways (SAA) and leased 20 aircraft for the duration of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. These will provide 100,000 seats on scheduled domestic flights on matchdays during the month-long tournament. The domestic flights will fly to destinations such as Nelspruit, Mangaung/Bloemfontein, Polokwane and Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth. This will help supporters find flight connections to smaller city destinations from their accommodation base.