elephant hills hotel.jpgHotel occupancy and booking rates in Victoria Falls, Kariba and Bumi Hills have increased to 85 % this week from last week’s 70 % as the FIFA World Cup draws near.

 

The soccer matches are expected to commence on the 11th of June  and will be held in South Africa.
 

The occupancy rate in Victoria Falls including other major tourism resorts has sharply risen as the ripple effects of the soccer showcase are starting to be felt on the local market.

 

Giving a weekly update of the bookings in major resort areas ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Zimbabwe Council of Tourism President Mr. Emmanuel Fundira said the development indicates that the country has a potential to benefit from from the global showcase since it is projected that the bookings will be 100%.

Mr. Fundira said various initiatives are already in place to bring back the lost business in most resort areas.

 

Victoria Falls with about 3000 rooms is expected to yield between US$8million to US$10million during the two months period.

 

South Africa’s neighbours including Zimbabwe have been expecting spillover business from the 2010 FIFA World Cup next month but indications on the ground are that these countries might get little benefits.

 

However, Zimbabwe expects to get something from the irresistible lure of the Victoria Falls which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.