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2010 World Cup

June 30, 2010

The World Cup Ripple Effect—Who Are the Real Winners?



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06/30/2010

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South_africa_Fans(Steve Evans) There's no doubt that hosting one of the world's most prestigious sporting events will bring myriad benefits to South Africa, not only by bringing in revenue from tourism, but also by giving this vibrant country a chance to pull away from its dark past and usher in a new era with the new decade.

But what of the other African countries? How likely is it that, having touched down in South Africa, a foreign football fan will uncover a subconscious wanderlust and wish to explore the continent further?

Nigel Vere Nicoll, head of the Africa Travel and Tourism Association (ATTA), has his doubts, stating that he does not believe the ripple effect will be "as big as one hopes."

"There's an initiative in Zambia, Zimbabwe, but I'm not sure that it's actually going to work... We're not actually even sure of the profile of the people attending (the World Cup) and whether they have the extra finance to go on safari or wherever."

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June 25, 2010

World Cup: Adventures in South African Transportation



By Evelyn Spence
06/25/2010

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Johannesburg (Walter Knirr/South Africa Tourism)

I've seen a lot over the course of the 4,000 kilometers I've driven in South Africa—of late, it has included white rhinos in iMfolozi National Park, lilac-breasted rollers at Mkuze, and a prescribed-burn sunset on the climb to Didima Camp—but it wasn't until last night that I learned of what a transportation epic can be ("epic," or, in other words, "cluster," or, as my new German best friends put it, "the real Africa").

The mission: Get from the French doors and hidden gardens of the Bit O' Bush guest house in Kempton Park, a quiet suburb of Joburg near the OR Tambo International Airport, to Soccer City, the 90,000-capacity stadium in the township of Soweto, 40 kilometers away on the other side of Jozi's sprawl. The proprietor, Annette, suggested we all take the Gautrain, a brand-new, speedy, seven-billion-rand showpiece, to Sandton, then a public bus to the Westgate hub, then a Fifa World Cup bus to nirvana (in other words, Ghana v. Germany). It took two and a half hours to get to the enormous cooking pot of an arena, and along the way we met football-obsessed Argentinians and mother-hen Austrians concerned for our safety (or, in other words, "stupidity").

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June 17, 2010

World Cup: Oh, Inkosana!



By Evelyn Spence
06/17/2010

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View of Cathedral Peak from the slopes of the Drakensberg Escarpment near Fang's Pass, Mweni Conservation Area, Drakensberg, Kwazulu Natal Province (Emil von Maltitz/Getty)

There are dozens of resorts, B&Bs, and cottages along the flanks of the Drakensberg—a vast mountain range and World Heritage Site just a couple hours east of Durban—but one of the best has to be the Inkosana Lodge, which sits in the square-topped shadow of some of the escarpment's most beautiful peaks: Cathkin, Monk's Cowl, and Champagne Castle. I spent two days and two nights at Ed's sprawling Homestead—eating dinners of butternut squash and apple soup and hearty fresh-baked bread followed by breakfasts of mealie-meal (South Africa's version of grits) and yogurt...and the budget guidebooks have it just about right. This has to be one of the best backpackers in South Africa. Though the whole country was under the spell of a cold snap (I saw my first African frost yesterday morning), Inkosana kept things cozy: wood-burning stove, thick wool blankets, unlimited tea and coffee, three resident white German shepherds, and formations of Adirondack chairs and firepits around the huge garden.

And there's Ed himself—a slightly flustered former mountaineer who dishes out porridge first thing in the morning and outdoors advice the rest of the day. Hiking is the main draw here. I did a seven-mile round-trip up to Blindman's Corner, a junction up on a grassy plateau with views of both mountains and low country. On tap as I climbed: a troop of 20 baboons, a few waterfalls, the lush Sterkspruit River gorge, and a quick and windy snowstorm.

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June 16, 2010

World Cup: The Long and Winding Road to Durban



By Evelyn Spence
06/16/2010

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Walking back to my room after my first World Cup match of 2010 was an experience in itself: Germany blew the Aussies out of the water (4-0) under the blazing lights and soaring arch of brand-new, multi-billion-rand Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. But my route to South Africa's third-largest city, known as eThekweni in Zulu, was much longer: I drove all the way from Cape Town, some 1,200 miles. And let's just say they weren't American freeway miles. There is no better way to experience the complexity and beauty that is South Africa than hitting the (sometimes pothole-covered, goat-filled, zig-zagging) road. World Cup fever has gripped everyone, whether it's in the form of flags flying from cars, or vuvuzelas (plastic trumpets) blowing almost 24 hours a day, or enthusiastic predictions on public radio about the South African team's chances. Some people say that Bafana Bafana will go all the way. If they're fueled by passion, it might just happen.

Though the match itself was, for lack of a better word, insane, so was the journey. My route took me through three provinces—the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal—and though I barely scratched the surface of areas like the Garden Route and the Wild Coast, I discovered some definite highlights:

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June 10, 2010

Experience Africa from the Comfort of Your Swively Office Armchair


The Web has lit up like a blinking switchboard with chatter and viral marketing about the World Cup, which kicks off tomorrow. There’s no way to keep up with it all, but we thought this ad spot from Puma nicely captures the freewheeling spirit of Africa. Enjoy the armchair tourism. For more travel resources related to the World Cup and South Africa, check out our 2010 World Cup Special Issue, including periodic updates from our correspondent on the ground, globetrotting journalist Evelyn Spence.

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June 07, 2010

Twitter #WorldTravelCup Leaderboard



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06/07/2010

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Welcome to Away.com's #WorldTravelCup, where you can score goals for your favorite team and be eligible to win great prizes, including one of two free round-trip flight vouchers for travel anywhere in the continental US. Below are the current standings. Final results to be announced on or around July 11! To add a country Twibbon to your Twitter avatar, click on the country flag or name. For full contest details, including terms and conditions, click here.

Away.com’s #WorldTravelCup Leaderboard
Team Flag Team Name Total Goals Scored
Portugal
Portugal 106
Germany
Germany 84
Usa
USA 40
Australia
Australia 25
Mexico
Mexico 3
Netherlands
Netherlands 2
Nigeria
Nigeria 2
Japan
Japan 1
Algeria Algeria --
Argentina
Argentina --
Brazil
Brazil --
Cameroon
Cameroon --
Chile
Chile --
Denmark
Denmark --
England
England --
France
France --
Ghana
Ghana --
Greece
Greece --
Honduras
Honduras --
Italy
Italy --
Ivory-coast
Ivory Coast --
Korea-dpr
Korea DPR
--
Korea-republic
Korea Republic
--
New-zealand
New Zealand --
Paraguay
Paraguay --
Serbia
Serbia --
Slovakia
Slovakia --
Slovenia
Slovenia --
South-africa
South Africa --
Spain
Spain --
Switzerland
Switzerland --
Uruguay
Uruguay --

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Twitter #WorldTravelCup FAQ & Rules



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06/07/2010

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CONTEST FAQ
Q1) What is the #WorldTravelCup?
From June 11 – July 11, 2010, Away.com will host a #WorldTravelCup challenge on Twitter. Travel tweeps are encouraged to join in on the fun by affiliating with one of 32 countries included in our #WorldTravelCup roster. To play, answer questions tweeted by @awayblog over the course of four weeks. A correct answer earns your team a goal and you a chance at winning one of two round-trip flight vouchers. Click here for more details and a link to the full contest terms and conditions.

Q2) How do I participate in the #WorldTravelCup?
See the step-by-step instructions for taking part here. To participate, you must declare your entry by tweeting "I'm supporting [insert country name] in the #WorldTravelCup".

Q3) Where can I check the score for the #WorldTravelCup?
Check out our leaderboard. The tally will be updated daily with goals from the previous day's Twivia question.

Q4) Is there a prize?
The ultimate prize for the winning team? GLORY, of course! Beyond that, all members of the winning team will be eligible to win one of two free round-trip flight vouchers. Click here to read the complete contest terms and conditions .

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Play Away.com's #WorldTravelCup to Score Goals and Win Prizes!



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06/07/2010

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¡Olè, olè, olè, olè!... the sweet sounds of World Cup fever are sweeping the planet. In just a few days, 32 teams from across the world will go toe-to-toe for soccer's ultimate prize. Here at Away.com, we thought it would be fun to channel our World Cup fervor into a month-long challenge with our friends through the Twitterverse. Welcome to the inaugural Away.com #WorldTravelCup!

The challenge is simple: You pick a team to root for. Answer Twivia questions correctly to score a "goal." Amass goals for your team and WIN!

More Details
Who: You!
What: The Away.com #WorldTravelCup
When: June 11 – July 11
Where: daily, on Twitter (follow hashtag #WorldTravelCup)
How: Answer #WorldTravelCup questions on Twitter, earn goals for your team, battle it out until one team is crowned winner of the #WorldTravelCup. Better yet, all members of the winning team will be eligible to win one of two grand prizes, a pair of round-trip flight vouchers to anywhere in the continental U.S.! Download the complete contest terms and conditions here.

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June 04, 2010

Top 10 Soccer Cities in the World



By awayblog
06/04/2010

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FIELD OF DREAMS: Barcelona's Camp Nou (Wikimedia)

In just one week, the world's eyes will be fixed on South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the first time the quadrennial football/soccer event has been hosted on the African continent. And that's a lot of eyes—an estimated 1.5 billion people tuned in to watch the final game of the 2006 tournament—a testament to the global appeal of the "beautiful game." To celebrate this year's running of the event, Away.com presents its totally opinionated list of the world's ten best soccer cities, where the game is part of the city's cultural DNA. Agree? Disagree? Tell us in the comments section.

10. Munich, Germany
9. Mexico City, Mexico
8. Glasgow, Scotland
7. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
6. Rome, Italy
5. London, England
4. Buenos Aires, Argentina
3. Madrid, Spain
2. Milan, Italy
1. Barcelona, Spain

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May 07, 2010

Putumayo Releases New South Africa CD for 2010 World Cup (Plus: Win a Free Trip to South Africa!)



By awayblog
05/07/2010

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Putumayo-south-africa On Tuesday, May 18, recording label Putumayo will release its latest compendium of world music to celebrate the approach of the 2010 World Cup, which will be held in South Africa in June and July, the first time the quadrennial soccer tournament has been hosted on the African continent. The new CD features 12 songs and artists that reflect the artistic and cultural diversity of southern Africa's "Rainbow Nation," from urban-infused reggae beats to more traditional arrangements from the likes of the Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir. Enjoy the samples below, plus check out Putumayo's website for more clips and to pre-order your copy.

Bholoja - Mbombela

Miriam Makeba - Orlando

Soweto Gospel Choir - Ngahlulele

In addition, Putumayo is hosting a "Win a Trip for 2 to South Africa" contest at participating retail outlets throughout the US and on its website. The 13-day, 12-night winning prize includes round-trip airfare and all accommodations. The contest ends June 30.

Visit Away.com's 2010 World Cup Special Issue for more World Cup-related travel inspiration, exclusive travel guides to South Africa's top cities and natural wonders, plus live dispatches from our reporter on the ground during this year's running of the world's biggest sporting event.

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