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20 January 2013

AFCON packages and tickets still available

The 29th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) kicked off on 19 January 2013 amid much fanfare as supporters flocked to matches to support their teams.

South Africa: Hosts for the 29th Africa Cup of Nations

Our convenient and cost-effective packages include airfares, accommodation and car rental, as well as Category 1 match tickets – which allow fans the best viewing positions in the various world-class stadia. – Bulelwa Koyana, South African Travel Centre CEO.

The South African Travel Centre – official travel agent for AFCON 2013 – has reported good uptake of its travel packages, with interest from both within South Africa and other African countries. 

‘Much of the interest has been from groups of people travelling together to support their teams,’ said Bulelwa Koyana, chief executive officer of the South African Travel Centre.

She said there were still AFCON travel packages available for purchase.

‘Our convenient and cost-effective packages include airfares, accommodation and car rental, as well as Category 1 match tickets – which allow fans the best viewing positions in the various world-class stadia.’

The quarter-finals take place on 2 and 3 February 2013 in Port Elizabeth, Durban, Rustenburg and Nelspruit.  The semi-finals take place on February 6 in Durban and Nelspruit, with the final taking place on 10 February in Johannesburg. 

South African Tourism (SAT) regional director for Africa Phumi Dhlomo said it is with great excitement that South Africa has welcomed and is hosting so many fellow Africans.

‘Regional Africa is one of our most valuable markets, with African tourists contributing as much as 73% of total tourist volume in South Africa,' he commented. ‘Visitor arrivals from mainland Africa grew by 8.7% in the first 9 months of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011, with good growth in the key markets of Angola (25.5%), Kenya (5.4%) and Nigeria (17.9%).’

He added that it was this kind of growth that made South Africa even more determined to invest in continental markets.

‘South Africa’s status as AFCON 2013 host has given SAT’s larger marketing plans a fantastic shot in the arm. It gives our tourism industry a chance to welcome continental visitors with special deals to make South Africa as accessible as possible. And it’s going to give us around 150 000 African fans who can each serve as valuable word-of-mouth marketers for our destination when they go back home again,’ he said. 

For more information on travel packages and booking details, contact the South African Travel Centre:

  • Tel: +27 (0)861 007 747 (within South Africa)
  • Tel: +27 (0)12 341 4207  (from outside South Africa)
  • Email: afcon@satc.co.za

For those who want only match tickets, they can be bought online from the eQtickets website at www.eqtickets.com; through the eQtickets call centre +27 (0)87 980 3000; or from participating Spar stores.  

For more AFCON information, visit the AFCON website.

For the match calendar, click here.