SA participates in the World Travel Market

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Pretoria - International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Sue van der Merwe is currently in London for the World Travel Market in London.

She is participating in the event as part of her extended portfolio as Alternate Director on the 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC).

The deputy minister is expected to speak on issues around South Africa's readiness to host the World Cup, government guarantees that relate to infrastructure development, transport, information and communication technologies, safety and security, justice, immigration, accommodation as well as the African Legacy.

Van der Merwe will also speak at the Financial Times round table discussion on government's readiness to host the first African World Cup.

Together with the LOC's Chief Executive Officer Dr Danny Jordaan and SA Tourism 2010 Ambassador, Lucas Radebe, the deputy minister will form part of a panel discussion at the World Travel Market under the theme: Sports Tourism Takes Poll Position.

The audience will mainly be constituted by over 200 media agencies from around Europe, Asia and the Americas.

The deputy minister is due to return to South Africa on Wednesday morning.