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Mauritius joins Southern African countries gearing up for 2010

Mauritius has teamed up with the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ to join Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and hosts South Africa in a top line-up of accommodation providers. The initiative, which was announced today (10 May) on the occasion of the 2009 Tourism INDABA in Durban by Honourable Xavier Luc Duval, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Leisure and External Communications, Dr. Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee and Jaime Byrom, CEO of MATCH (FIFA's servicing partner for accommodation), forms part of FIFA's and the Organising Committee's objective to host an African World Cup and make sure that the entire Southern African region benefits from the global football showpiece.

"We always said it is Africa's World Cup. To be part of the 2010 accommodation programme is a great marketing opportunity for the tourism industry in the entire Southern African region to directly benefit from the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Mauritius and the other Southern African countries in the accommodation team have the unique chance to showcase fans from all over the world during the four weeks between 11 June and 11 July 2010 the splendid and diverse landscapes and the incredible hospitality the region has to offer," explained FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke.

The incorporation of the Southern African countries include the Official Tour Operator Programme as well as the Hospitality Programme managed exclusively through MATCH aiming to ensure that the visitors will be in for a real African treat, enjoying the numerous beautiful attractions the continent and Southern African countries have to offer while experiencing the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

"One of the principal objectives of our overall strategy has been to use the 2010 FIFA World Cup as a launching pad to brand and develop the entire region as a preferred tourism and investment destination. Mauritius signing up to the squad further underlines the strong commitment by the entire Southern African region for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The geographic proximity and quality of its hotels is ideal to develop packages to allow fans to fully explore the unique diversity of the Southern African region," said Danny Jordaan.

"The government and the people of Mauritius are very excited to become an integral part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The excellent quality of our accommodation, our picturesque environment and wonderful beaches, together with the warm and inviting hospitality of the Mauritian people, will give an added experience to the fans," underlined Honourable Xavier Luc Duval.