2010 accommodation now open

Monday, December 7, 2009
By: 
Nthambeleni Gabara

Pretoria - Online applications for accommodation during the 2010 FIFA World Cup are now open to international and local soccer fans on the FIFA.com website.

This follows the recent launch of the online accommodation service by the World football controlling body, FIFA.

In total, MATCH has secured 1 725 190 room nights for next year's FIFA World Cup and 43 percent of the entire inventory (741 832 room nights) in the 1 007 properties will be reserved for the general public.

MATCH is the company appointed by FIFA to deliver accommodation and ticketing solutions for the World Cup.

The accommodation service will enable fans to instantly search the available inventory and make bookings.

The process is simple - one just visits the FIFA World Cup section on FIFA.com and clicks 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.

MATCH has also signed a service agreement with South African Airways to lease 20 aircrafts for the duration of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

These will provide 100 000 seats on scheduled domestic flights on match days during the month-long tournament.

The domestic flights will fly to destinations such as Nelspruit, Mangaung in Bloemfontein, Polokwane and Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth.

This will help supporters find flight connections to smaller city destinations from their accommodation base.

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