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Demand for flights to South Africa increases

Large numbers of football fans are booking flights to South Africa ahead of the country's hosting of the World Cup next summer.

Large numbers of football fans are booking flights to South Africa ahead of the country’s hosting of the World Cup next summer.

This is according to ABTA – The Travel Association spokesperson Sean Tipton, who explained that the country is a traditionally popular tourist destination thanks to people booking holidays there and others visiting friends and family.

"There’s around about 650,000 [British tourists visiting South Africa] a year but with the World Cup, it is going to go through the roof next year," he said.

Mr Tipton went on to say that South Africa would be a favoured destination throughout the winter as warm temperatures arrive in the summer hemisphere.

The demand for flights to South Africa is huge ahead of the month-long tournament, which kicks off in Johannesburg on June 11th.

Skyscanner recently revealed that some return flights from the UK had reached as much as £4,887 – although much cheaper flights could still be found by mixing and matching airlines or taking indirect routes. (see: South Africa World Cup 2010 Flights).

The International Currency Exchange said earlier this month that orders for the South African rand had increased by 441 percent over the past year.

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