Posts Tagged ‘World Cup’

Africa Straight Up: Countering Stereotypes

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 16 November 2012

Anyone who has been to Africa knows that there is no such thing as a single Africa. ‘Africa Straight Up’ debunks the (in)sensibility that Africa could ever be limited to a single narrative. The video is “a more complete story about Africa and its diaspora” and “a dynamic ‘not your parents’ documentary’ about the stereotypes confronting Africa,” according to promotional material written about it.


Extreme Sports: Diving from Great Heights at the Orlando Towers in Soweto, South Africa

  • Sam Goodwin
  • 10 June 2011

At first we waited at the foot of the tower, watching the group before us throw themselves into gravity’s embrace from 100 metres above. This increased the anticipation, and perhaps the apprehension too, but given past experiences and my love of bungee I was desperate to give it my go.


The Inside Word on… Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Luiz Renato
  • 8 January 2011

With so many destinations in the WHL Group’s ever-expanding network, we have an incredible wealth of local travel information at our fingertips. Through the Inside Word, our local partners – all travel experts – share their top tips on what to do, what to eat, where to party and where to shop in their necks of the woods. Here we dish up some superb local hints from Luiz Renato, the whl.travel local connection in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


The Lasting Legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup

  • Diane Zhang
  • 27 September 2010

The day after Spain held aloft the 2010 World Cup trophy, we found ourselves listening to South African talkback radio during a long drive down towards the country’s picturesque Eastern Cape. The topic for the show was what hosting the World Cup had meant to each listener. As the kilometres whizzed by caller after caller expressed their pride, as South Africans, at having proven the doubters wrong by staging one of the most spectacular sporting events ever.


Hosting a Sports “Mega-Event”: Promises, Promises

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 17 September 2010

When I was in London on July 6, 2005, the city was celebrating. After a long bidding campaign to host the 2012 summer Olympics, the International Olympic Committee had declared it the winner. On the subway, everyone was buzzing and smiling until an old bearded man got on board and started nay-saying. He made an impression on me, so I decided to look into the expectations surrounding this year’s most recent mega-event, the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa.


Tourism in South Africa: An Own Goal?

  • Rob Stringer
  • 10 September 2010

There’s something repugnant about carbon calculations. In an age of green enlightenment, it seems whatever recreational pursuit we might want to indulge in, we’re instantly informed of the carbon footprint that such a heinous activity leaves. It was inevitable then that the then South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (along with the Norwegian Embassy) should release a report on the carbon footprint of the 2010 World Cup.


The Backdoor – Make Travel Fair’s Travel Writer Competition

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 9 June 2010

Most of us readily to acknowledge – sometimes perhaps a little too quietly – the impact we make on host destinations when we travel. The most conscientious of us do our best to minimise our impact or make it a positive one, but there’s no question that, by traveling, we are part of something that creates change….


Dodging the Football Frenzy and Tackling Alternative Sporting Events in Africa

  • Natasha Robinson
  • 22 May 2010

You’d have to be holed up in Ted Kaczynski’s cabin not to know that South Africa will be hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup next month. The Beautiful Game has a special place in all Africans’ hearts and is far and away the most popular sport played on the continent. But with football mania reaching fever pitch, it’s high time we had a look at some of the other sporting events on offer in Africa.


Finding Local Travel Opportunity in South Africa around the World Cup

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 9 February 2010

The clock’s ticking. Every hour we move closer to 4pm South Africa time on 11 June 2010, when the World Cup 2010 kicks off in Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium. The anticipation is palpable, but so is the growing frustration and sometimes anger about the absurd room rates and out-of-focus travel opportunities in a country driven…


Caught Between World Cup Games in South Africa? Get Close to the People and the Land

  • Ethan Gelber and Crystel Carre-Hodgson
  • 30 December 2009

When the stadiums are empty, plan a tour or activity in or near the World Cup host cities to get to know the real South Africa “This World Cup belongs to Africa!” declared Sepp Blatter, FIFA president, at the Cape Town Convention Centre on 5 December 2009, the long-awaited day of the World Cup 2010…

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