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Zimbabwe Eyes Tourism Spillover From 2010 World Cup Next Door

Zimbabwe hopes to revive its ailing tourism sector by providing more than 6,700 hotel rooms to soccer fans and sports organizations and associations during the World Cup of Soccer to be held in South Africa next June-July, a senior official in the sector said Tuesday.

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Chairman Shingi Munyeza in an interview with VOA dismissed news reports that talks with hospitality agency Match, named by the International Federation of Football Associations, or FIFA, on the provision of hotel rooms had collapsed.

Munyeza told reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that he is pleased with the progress so far in ensuring that Zimbabwe benefits from the Cup.

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