SA Tourism extends its heartfelt congratulations to Durban on winning the bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
“This is a wonderful, historic moment, the first time an African city will host the Commonwealth Games. We are immensely proud of Durban, and like the 2010 FIFA World Cup, this event will have a hugely positive impact on our tourism industry and confirm South Africa as a destination of choice for world class events,” says SA Tourism CEO Thulani Nzima.
Economists anticipate that the Commonwealth Games will generate about R25-billion for South Africa’s economy, and thousands of jobs will be created in Durban over the period of the hosting. The government has also assured that the Commonwealth Games will use infrastructure from the 2010 football World Cup, including the 85,000-seat Moses Mabhida Stadium, to keep costs down.
“For tourism, the positive impact will last much longer than the games, as visitors will relay their positive experiences to friends and family back home. And like the ripple effect of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, South Africa will reap the benefits in years to come as visitors come to South Africa to experience it for themselves,” says Nzima.
The announcement of Durban as host of the games is also a vote of confidence in Africa, another opportunity for the Continent to proudly and confidently reaffirm its place as a world-class destination. “It’s time again for Africa to shine, and for our people to use this moment to advance our continent,” says Nzima.