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ZIFA Delegation To Inspect Zimbabwe Amenities Ahead Of World Cup

A high-powered delegation from the International Federation Of Association Football is due shortly in Zimbabwe to assess the Southern African country's capacity to host visitors on their way to the 2010 World Cup of Football in South Africa.

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Chief Executive Karikoga Kaseke told Agence France Press that the FIFA officials will visit five-star hotels in Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls, perhaps the country's biggest tourist attraction, and other service facilities.

The country is expected to invest some US$24 million on improvements to hotels and stadiums which competing teams might use for practice in the region.

The FIFA delegation will also look at transportation capabilities - Zimbabwe is suffering from severe fuel shortages - customs operations and touring activities.

Zimbabwe Council of Tourism Chief Executive Shingi Munyeza told reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye that most major hotels have already started planning expansion and refurbishing well ahead of the expected Cup-related surge.

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