Fifa World Cup 2010 boosts South Africa economy, survey reveals

The 2010 Fifa World Cup boosted South Africa's economy by 3.6bn Rand (£330m), and attracted more than 309,000 visitors, according to a survey by South African Tourism and the National Department of Tourism.

South Africa got tourism boost from World Cup 2010
South Africa got tourism boost from World Cup 2010

The results show the event will have a lasting legacy in terms of the South African tourism industry, according to Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk.

He said: "Based on the results of our survey of the tourism impact of the World Cup, the success of the event will reverberate for many years to come. The World Cup was never about the hosting of a tournament, but rather about building a legacy for our country and our continent - a legacy in terms of infrastructure development, economic growth, skills development, job creation, nation building and brand awareness."

The top three European visitors markets were the UK (22,802), the Netherlands (8,741) and Germany (8,596).

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