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15,000 to 20,000 guests in Mauritius for 2010 FIFA World Cup

On 10th June 2009, FIFA Accommodation Office (FAO), has been ordered by the FIFA for scanning the possibility of securing 3,200 hotel rooms or 6,400 beds from the 6th of June to the 13th of July 2010 in Mauritius. The FAO is operated by the Match Event Services in Johannesburg.

A number of approaches have been made in Johannesburg for facilitating the 2010 FIFA World Cup Mauritius Accommodation Initiative. There have been estimations that the entire operation is likely to fetch revenues up to Rs 1 billion. The 160 Tour Operators will sell out the entire inventory of the rooms in South Africa and the SADC region including the island of Mauritius.  The tour operators form a part of the FIFA Tour Operator program.

It has been decided that the “Match Ville” or the Accommodation Program along with the table of accommodation will be sold out as packages for five nights. The package would include accommodation and transports by both ground and air to favor and facilitate the clients in attending the matches of the team they support. The FIFA Mauritius Accommodation Program is likely to help redress the 2010 travel low season to Mauritius, as well as to restrict the negative aspects of the global economic downturn on tourist arrivals to Mauritius.   

These rooms are scheduled to be purchased by the clients who are predominantly interested in the “Follow Your Team” programs based on "Team Specific Tickets." It has been expected by the FIFA that 15,000 to 20,000 clients will be putting up in Mauritius during the tournament. 

It was in this context that a 5-member FIFA and Match Event Services delegation had been in Mauritius for explaining the concept to Mauritian hoteliers. All the vital documents were handed over to the participants during the workshop that was held on May 2 at Labourdonnais Hotel.

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