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Cape Town prepares for big event

Only 44 days to go for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Draw!

eTN Staff Writer  Oct 21, 2009

Fans all over the world are holding their breath in anticipation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Draw. Taking place on December 4, 2009 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), this is a moment not to be missed. At this event, the 32 teams that have qualified to participate in the 2010 FIFA World Cup will receive dedicated schedules and locations for their matches. To put it simply, right now those teams are like puzzle pieces waiting for the Final Draw to come along and join them together. What’s certain at this point is that Cape Town will be hosting eight of those matches, and on December 4 it will know which flags to fly when.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Cape Town for the Final Draw, come and join the celebrations in true Cape Town style. Long Street, Cape Town’s renowned party street, will be ablaze with excitement and promises to offer a party of note. Anyone is free to join in and enjoy the vibe. Long Street will have a big screen broadcasting a live cross-over from the CTICC, a host of entertainment, food galore, and an atmosphere that would be hard to rival anywhere in the world.

Cape Town has made a commitment to implement Green Goal 2010, a program aimed at making the 2010 FIFA World Cup event as environmentally friendly as possible. On September 28, 2009, the Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Alderman Dan Plato, along with Cape Town Tourism and other major tourism associations, signed the Cape Town Responsible Tourism Charter committing the City of Cape Town and the industry to responsible tourism behavior and practices. The responsible tourism initiative seeks to simultaneously maximize the economic, social, and environmental benefits of tourism while minimizing costs to destinations. Simply put, responsible tourism is tourism that creates better places for people to live in, and better places to visit. The action plan includes 43 projects relating to energy, waste, water, transport, hospitality, and sustainable lifestyles.

Cape Town Tourism would love to assist you in planning your World Cup experience. Please get in touch with our Contact Centre, which is open from 0800 to 2100 hours, seven days a week, at phone: +27 (0)21 487 6800 or visit our web site at

If you can’t be in Cape Town for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, be sure to catch the event on TV and stay glued to for updates, pictures, blogs, FAQs, free downloads, and more. Here you can also check out our interactive Fan Map – a nifty, navigational tool that allows you to zoom in to all the essential Cape Town fan spots, stadiums, fan parks, and attractions.

Only 44 days to go for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Draw!
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