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South African cities 'popular in 2010'

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5 January 2010

South African destinations Cape Town and Johannesburg are among the top 50 destinations for UK travellers this year.

This is according to website Skyscanner, which has published its Travel Trends & Analysis for 2010.

It noted that the popularity of the two cities - which have made the list for the first time - is largely due to the fact that South Africa is hosting the football World Cup this summer, meaning the country's cities will be popular with fans of the sport from the UK and elsewhere.

A number of Australian destinations, such as Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, were also included on the list.

Skyscanner co-founder and business director, Barry Smith, said that the results show travel to far-flung destinations is beginning to regain popularity.

"Medium and long-haul locations also seem to be on the rise compared to last year, suggesting that holiday budgets may be growing after a tough financial year," he remarked.

The Independent recently noted that the tournament will help boost the popularity of lesser-known locations such as Polokwane and Nelspruit.

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