Go-Concierge answers World Cup travel woes
The country’s lack of established public transport is frequently cited as a factor that might hinder the success of the event. Although the host cities are doing their best to construct high speed rail services and bus transport systems, many fans have wondered aloud about how they will get around. Car hire firms are over-subscribed and many of the minibus tour operators are fully booked.
South Africa’s vast geography is a factor too, with large distances between fans’ accommodation and the stadia or fan parks. In addition, there is always the underlying concern about personal safety for fans who will be trying their luck with taxi, buses or walking.
So what’s the solution?
Run by UK-based South Africans, Go-Concierge Limited offers a travel service that will make the tournament a smooth, safe and unforgettable experience for travelling supporters from around the world. Go-Concierge’s service combines the local knowledge and peace of mind to make South Africa 2010 the trip of a lifetime for overseas fans.
Go-Concierge’s fleet of fully insured vehicles and drivers will operate from its dedicated support offices in the key host cities of Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. As well as transferring supporters from their accommodation to stadiums and fan parks on match days, Go-Concierge’s team of drivers and concierges will be on-hand to accompany clients to local venues to celebrate or commiserate after matches.
On non-match days, Go-Concierge clients will be invited to join a range of tours around the numerous attractions that make South Africa such a popular travel destination. Among other attractions, the day trips will include safari parks, wine estates, museums, golf courses, beaches and cultural centres.
Commenting on security concerns surrounding the World Cup, Durban-born and London-based Gareth Jones, Go-Concierge’s managing director, says: “South Africa has already held a series of very successful – and very safe – international sporting tournaments. At Go-Concierge, we’ve used our international know-how and local knowledge to create a service that will make this World Cup just as successful and safe for our clients. We will also be running help lines in case friends and families back home have problems contacting their loved ones in South Africa.”
As well as South African SIM cards, Go-Concierge will also provide each client with the option of using a personal hand-held GPS device. Fitted with the latest technology, the tracking devices will enable Go-Concierge staff to locate clients who might become separated from their group. This means fans can focus on enjoying themselves without the stress of navigating in unfamiliar surroundings or drink driving.
As Gareth Jones says: “With one hundred days to go, we are ready to give fans an unforgettable tournament, by taking care of their transport logistics, giving them complete peace of mind.”
Established by Durban-born and London-based Gareth Jones, Go-Concierge is passionate about sport and passionately South African. From its office in the UK, the business has built up a detailed understanding of what sports fans around the world need and expect when travelling to international sporting events.
Gareth and his South African-based management team have assembled a group of equally committed support staff and concierge-guides specifically for the 2010 World Cup. Together, they have created a service designed to make the tournament a seamless, safe and unforgettable experience for travelling supporters from around the world.
While Go-Concierge understands and respects people’s concerns about South Africa’s relatively high crime rate, it is confident that it has the expertise, experience and insider knowledge to ensure its clients enjoy a smooth and secure World Cup. Among other security measures, the company will provide each client with a wallet-sized plastic card listing vital contact numbers and the option to use a personal hand-held tracking device fitted with the latest GPS technology.
Where possible, Go-Concierge will also provide clients with a ready-to-use South African SIM card as soon as they arrive in the country. Clients will also have access to other communication options, all designed to give them and their friends and families back home the reassurance to make the very most of their stay in South Africa.
While the Go-Concierge team will take every possible step to protect its clients’ well-being, the company cannot guarantee that serious incidents or inconveniences outside its own control will not happen.
Go-Concierge offers three service options:
• Platinum gives client groups the exclusive use of a minibus or car with a concierge and driver on call 24 hours to help clients plan their own personal itinerary.
• Gold guarantees clients a seat on a Go-Concierge vehicle from their accommodation to each match or fan park and back again. It also entitles clients to enjoy pre-set itineraries covering post-match venues as well as non-match day attractions such as museums, wine tasting tours, safari drives, golf courses etc.
• Silver guarantees clients a seat on a Go-Concierge vehicle from their accommodation to each match or fan park and back again.
An airport transfer service is included with each package.
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