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South Africa 'popular for winter sun'

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19 October 2009

South Africa is likely to be particularly popular among British holidaymakers looking for a break in the sun this winter.

That is the opinion of Sean Tipton, spokesman for ABTA - The Travel Association.

He explained that the country is an attractive destination for long-haul travellers, with New Zealand also chosen by many as the southern hemisphere is entering summer.

Mr Tipton went on to note that South Africa holidays will be in even higher demand in 2010, as the country is hosting the football World Cup finals.

"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.

Last week, the International Currency Exchange revealed that demand for the South African rand has risen.

According to head of marketing Andrew Hamilton, a monthly increase in orders of 441 per cent was seen in September.


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