Johannesburg ( IT News Africa) South Africa yesterday launched a R7.6 million Visitor Information Centre in Rustenburg 262 day ahead of 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The centre which was launched by Deputy Minister of Tourism, Thokozile Xasa, will help tourists arriving in the country locate accommodation, road maps and other information easily.
The information and reservation system (VICENSYS) used in the centres was developed in South Africa and is designed to cater specifically for the South African market.
The cost effective information and reservation system, has the ability to allow users to plan and finalise a travel itinerary by means of touch screens and Web based technology.
Furthermore, the system offers the tourists their own unique itinerary, which is accessible from anywhere in the world.
The centres provide tourists with a one-stop service where they can get assistance with information on a wide range of tourism products including tourism information enquiries, reservations, accommodation, tours, vehicle hire, entertainment, dining, sports, adventure, shopping and travel tips.
The target markets include international tourists, local tourists, bed and breakfast establishments, homesteads, guesthouses, hotels, small medium and macro businesses, booking agencies and tourism agencies.
By Mpendulo Ngwenya