World Cup boost for SA tourism

first_img5 May 2010The country’s reputation as a world-class destination would be further entrenched after the Fifa World Cup, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has told MPs.Delivering his budget vote speech in Parliament in Cape Town this week, Van Schalkwyk said the World Cup would leave a tangible and lasting tourism legacy in South Africa.He was confident that the tourism industry would also benefit from the powerful word-of-mouth marketing when soccer fans returned home as ambassadors and advocates for South Africa.“Long after the whistle is blown at the last match, we will continue to reap the rewards of investments in this tournament which have catalysed huge developments,” he said.He said the local tourism industry outperformed world trends in 2009, with a growth of 3.6% in foreign arrivals with a total of more than 9.9-million foreign arrivals to the country compared to about 9.6-million in 2008. This increase represented a 7.4% contribution to gross domestic product (GDP).The total foreign direct spend in 2009 grew by 7% compared to 2008 to R79.4-billion.“This is a tremendous feather in the cap of the industry in a time when all other tourism markets worldwide were in a slump,” Van Schalkwyk said.African, Asian growthVan Schalkwyk said arrivals to South Africa were driven by healthy growth from Asia, with a 3.7% increase, African air markets with a 3.3% increase, and African land markets, which saw 5.7% growth.“The particularly good growth from China (12.4%) and India (17.5%) is considered a good return on South African Tourism’s investment in these markets,” he added.Domestic tourismTurning to domestic tourism, Van Schalkwyk said that the number of South African adults who went on domestic trips increased from about 14-million in 2008 to about 15-million in 2009.The number of trips taken fell from about 33-million in 2008 to 30-million in 2009, and the average nominal spend per trip also declined from R780 in 2008 to R730 in 2009 as consumers tightened their belts.This, said Van Schalkwyk, was a continuation of a trend that started in 2007 as a result of economic pressure on consumers.“Given the volatility of the international market, it is of course vital that any country fosters a healthy domestic tourism industry, and this is one of the aspects of our industry we will address in the tourism sector strategy,” he said.Tourism Sector StrategyMeanwhile, the department is finalising the National Tourism Sector Strategy, which will among other things inspire and accelerate the responsible growth of the tourism industry from 2010 to 2015.Van Schalkwyk said they would launch the strategy for public comment before the end of May.In order to create an environment conducive to the growth and development of tourism in South Africa, the department has also embarked on a process to review and update the existing Tourism Act of 1993.The proposed legislation will be tabled in Parliament during the last quarter of 2010.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

2019 Ohio State Fair Jr. Dairy Goat Show

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Seth Blake, Licking Co., 18, was the Youth Toggenburg Grand Champion. Hope Mann, Mercer County, 14, had the Champion AOB dairy goat. Hope Mann, Mercer County Alexandrea Stewart, Ross Co., 19, won her division in showmanship.Judge: Yvonne Blosser, Ohio Senior Showmanship (15-18 yrs)Alexandrea Stewart, ChillicotheSeth Blake, Newark Intermediate Showmanship (12-14 yrs)Hope Mann, CelinaRyan Shoemaker, WinchesterJunior Showmanship (8-11 yrs)William Dearing, FrazeysburgAddyson Stewart, ChillicotheGrand Champion AlpineWyatt Baer, KinsmanReserve Champion AlpineWyatt Baer, KinsmanGrand Champion LaManchaKeagan Stewart, ChillicotheReserve Champion LaManchaMargaret Donkin, New WaterfordGrand Champion AOBHope Mann, CelinaReserve Champion AOBHope Mann, CelinaGrand Champion NubianCourtney Hubbard, CortlandReserve Champion NubianCourtney Hubbard, CortlandGrand Champion Recorded GradeLogan Lucas, JohnstownReserve Champion Recorded GradeWyatt Baer, KinsmanGrand Champion SaanenLauren Gottfried, TiffinReserve Champion SaanenTaylor Gottfried, TiffinGrand Champion ToggenburgSeth Blake, NewarkReserve Champion ToggenburgLogan Lucas, Johnstownlast_img read more

7 days agoChelsea boss Lampard blows fuse with Deschamps over Kante treatment

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard blows fuse with Deschamps over Kante treatmentby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has hit out at France coach Didier Deschamps and his medical team over their handling of N’Golo Kante.Kante will miss Chelsea’s home game against Newcastle due to a groin problem and Lampard was clearly frustrated that his midfielder, who has also been dogged by knee, ankle and hamstring issues this season, was not sent home from international duty sooner.Kante was ruled out of France’s first game after picking up the problem in the warm-up before their 1-0 win in Iceland.Lampard said: “We didn’t get him [Kante] back until after the second game [Turkey] and he’s not fit for Saturday.”Before the international break, I know Didier Deschamps mentioned in jest a little bit about Olivier Giroud and that was obviously quite light-hearted and I get it, we all have our selection problems and he had his in the two games.”But the Kante one was not a laughing matter because we communicated before the last international break because he was injured so couldn’t go.”Let’s think what benefits the player, he didn’t go, we both agreed on that. That’s how things should work.”After the first game when he pulled out, he then had a fitness test the day before the second game, it was clear that he couldn’t play.”He then sat on the bench on the evening of the game, so that’s not communication, so it’s not such a laughing matter I suppose.”And it’s more for Kante himself because he’s not an inexperienced player, he’s been around the block, he’s won World Cups, he’s been a fantastic player. I think that probably could have been handled better for sure.”Our doctors were speaking and there were some times when things weren’t coming back to us when I would expect them to come back – that’s what I mean about communication.”Even though we joked about the communication from the time before, that was much better to deal with it, as opposed to not.”We got a player back a bit later. I understand when players are on international duty, they are their player as such but it was quite clear he wasn’t fit to play.”From our point of view we would have wanted him back to work on him but it’s been and gone and as with every international player I will try and have open lines of communication with every manager for both our sake’s.”Kante, for instance, the first squad, nobody would have benefited from him going – me, him or France.”We have to think about the long-term and the care of the player as well so that’s sometimes a bit of a grey area.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

North Carolina Football: North Carolina Shows Off New ACC Football Patches On Tar Heels’ New Jerseys

first_imgGeneral view of Kenan Stadium.CHAPEL HILL, NC – SEPTEMBER 29: General view of the Military Appreciation Day game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Idaho Vandals during play at Kenan Stadium on September 29, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Much of North Carolina football’s 2015 uniforms is new. The uniforms themselves are new, with the argyle pattern getting added to the collar of the Tar Heels’ jerseys. The ACC Football patches are new, too. Here they are: View of @theACCfootball patches on the new @TarHeelFootball jerseys. #GoHeels pic.twitter.com/PLrlTdEHHe— Jason Freeman (@UNCEquipment) June 9, 2015North Carolina will debut its new jerseys Sept. 3 against South Carolina.last_img read more

Video: Leah Still Wants To Be A Cheerleader At Penn State, Where Her Dad Played

first_imgLeah Still reveals she wants to be cheerleader for Penn State.leah still penn state answer cancerPenn State fans – brace yourselves for the cutest Nittany Lions-related story you’ll read today. Leah Still, the five-year-old daughter of Houston Texans defensive star Devon Still who beat cancer this past year, wants to attend her father’s alma mater. Still, who was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma back in 2014, wants to be a cheerleader for Penn State simply because her father went there.Her answer to Robin Roberts’ question drew a few “We Are!” chants from the crowd.Leah Still says she wants to go to @penn_state like her dad and be a cheerleader. #LeahStrong #WeAre #PennState https://t.co/hDntqifLdm— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 15, 2016Even if you aren’t a PSU fan – this is an awesome story.last_img read more

Minnesota’s QB Says Michigan State Has Big Ten’s Worst Visiting Locker Room

first_imgMichigan State's Spartan Stadium during the spring game.InstagramGoing on the road in the Big Ten is never a treat – between the travel, the team’s opposing fans and the shoddy facilities. But according to Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner, one program’s visiting locker room situation is worse than the rest.Leidner was asked which program has the worst locker room in the Big Ten, and his answer was Michigan State. He claims the stalls don’t have doors. Andy Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press captured the quote.#Gophers QB Mitch Leidner was asked today about worst #B1G visiting locker room. Michigan State, he said. Reason: no doors on toilet stalls.— Andy Greder (@andygreder) July 26, 2016It’s hard to disagree with Leidner, if what he’s saying is true.Luckily for Leidner, he won’t have to deal with the situation again. He’s a senior, and Minnesota doesn’t play Michigan State in 2016.last_img read more

Structure fire at Autographics Fabrication shop

first_imgCHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Fire Department was paged out to a structure fire at Autographic’s Trims and Signs on Hemlock Avenue at 6:46 pm on Friday, April 26th, 2019.When the Fire Department arrived on scene the building was venting heavy smoke. The fire was difficult to fight because the fire had spread into the attic area and walls.There were 26 firefighters on scene and the fire was extinguished from the exterior.The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is under investigation. The Department returned to the fire hall at 1:00 amlast_img read more

Northern Development to host free webinars for small businesses

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Development will be hosting free web seminars geared towards small businesses.Northern Development is encouraging businesses that are associated with Love Northern B.C., Supply Chain Connector and Community Futures to register and access dozens of premier practical business education seminars for free.According to Northern Development, the Small Business B.C. webinars provide up-to-date information and tactics on current business trends and strategies designed to help small businesses improve, succeed and remain competitive, which can have an immediate impact on business operations. Some of the upcoming webinars will focus on sales strategies and blogging to promote your business.For more information on the upcoming Small Business B.C. webinars, you can visit Northern Development’s website.last_img read more

Congress standing by antinationals Prasad

first_imgPatna: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is the BJP candidate for Patna Sahib Lok Sabha seat, on Wednesday said the opposition Congress party is standing with those against the country. Prasad has been fielded by the BJP from Patna Sahib after the party denied the ticket to the sitting MP actor-turned-politicuan Shatrughan Sinha. “Congress has been supporting and standing with Tukde-Tukde gang and Congress manifesto is to divide the country, and will give relax to hearts of those against the country” Prasad said here. He said that the Congress is doing everything to demoralise the army and security forces. The Union Minister also asked the Congress to spell out how many jobs were given by the previous UPA government at the Centre during its 10 years in power. The NDA government is giving fitting response to terrorists and Pakistan, Prasad added.last_img read more