Message from SA Tourism Chief Executive
African Tourism welcomes all teams, their managers and
their fans to the Orange AFCON 2013: to the Beat at Africa’s Feet and
to the greatest celebration of African unity (even if in a competitive
environment) through sport.
We are delighted, grateful and honoured to host you here in
South Africa, and we hope that you will enjoy our country, our
hospitality and our people as much as you enjoy the awe-inspiring
soccer, the thrill of each goal scored – or each goal saved.
We invite you and we encourage you to get out there and
explore South Africa. As the tournament unfolds in Johannesburg,
Durban, Port Elizabeth, Rustenburg and Mbombela, you will find yourself
spoilt for choice in things to do and see outside of the stadiums.
Shopping, dining, listening to live music, clubbing, sightseeing or
simply chilling out on the beach or at a relaxing day spa: whatever
your calling is, you’ll find it all right here in South Africa.
More than anything else, we wish you many new friendships and
countless precious memories of an iconic event on the African sports
calendar in a country that’s delighted you chose to visit and where you
will always be welcome as a friend.
Message from SA Tourism Regional Director for
Africa, Phumi Dhlomo
with great excitement that we welcome so many fellow Africans to South
Africa for the Orange AFCON 2013 games.
We are grateful and overjoyed to be hosting the football fans
of the African continent. For us at SA Tourism, it is important that
you feel completely at home.
Regional Africa as a whole is one of our
most valuable markets, growing in visitor arrivals by 8.5% in the first
seven months of 2012.
Many of you visit South Africa regularly, while for some of
you, our country might be a brand new experience.
However familiar you may be with South Africa, our mission is
to deliver an experience that
will embrace you and we promise you a memorable event as the continent
comes together to celebrate.
In addition to the football you are also
here at a great time to shop, as most retailers are in the middle of
their summer sales.
So make this a sporty and value-for-money adventure. And don’t
forget the fun factor. Right now, Africa’s heartbeat is here in South
Africa, so join the rhythm of Africa and be inspired.