With the football World Cup around the corner, travel agencies in China have launched a series of theme tours to South Africa, with the highest price hitting 279,000 yuan, about 40,870 U.S. dollars.
An article in the Guangzhou-based newspaper New Express reported a ten-member VIP tour to South Africa, the host nation of the 2010 World Cup, has fetched a record price in the local tourism market.
The 270,000-yuan-plus tour will be twice as expensive as a joint trip to the Arctic and Antarctica.
The eight-day visit covers the world football extravaganza'a opening ceremony and opening match, which will be played between host South Africa and Mexico.
Tourists will enjoy high-level service, including VIP boxes and free catering from the five-star World Cup Hotel.
In addition to football matches, visitors will also see scenic spots in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
The report says, a theme tour to South Africa during the World Cup costs 30,000 yuan, about 4,400 U.S. dollars, nearly double a normal trip during tourist season.
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