South African Tourism last weekend promised a warm welcome to Batswana football fans in January next year when 16 African countries battle in five South African cities to lift the coveted Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) trophy.

In a bid to bring the AFCON rhythm to Gaborone, SAT staged a two-day sport themed event that attracted multitudes to the city’s newly opened Airport Junction mall.

The event gave Batswana the opportunity to explore the anticipated experience and various destinations in South Africa.

“South Africa is excited to be hosting AFCON 2013 and South African Tourism invites all Batswana to come and celebrate African football in South Africa,” says Debbie Damant, Country Manager: SADC at South African Tourism.

“South Africa is just a short trip over the border.

AFCON 2013 presents Batswana with the perfect opportunity to travel to South Africa for the weekend.”

Visitors to Airport Junction Mall on the 27th and 28th of October 2012 were able to view the thrilling leisure experiences available in South Africa on giant TV screens.

Travel Agents, Reeca Travel were also at Airport Junction where they off ered their wide range of travel packages to South Africa.

The event was also broadcast live on YaronaFM and amid all the excitement Damant all destination questions.

Listeners also had the opportunity to win tickets to a Fan Park featuring a live screening of a match between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns on the 7th of November 2012 at an exclusive venue in Gaborone.

“South Africa is a convenient and aff ordable destination for Batswana; the country has so much to off er. Most of the AFCON host cities are within driving distance for Batswana.

Mbombela in Mpumalanga is a similar distance from Gaborone as Francistown is from Gaborone, while Rustenburg is only two hours away from Gaborone,” Damant said prior to the event.

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