Glenn Hoddle has told the Press Association he would like to return to Chelsea but accepts they will probably appoint another foreign manager.Hoddle had a three-year spell as Blues boss during the mid-1990s before leaving to manage England.The 54-year-old said: “I did a good job when I was there and a lot of Chelsea fans actually say when I meet them ‘thanks for what you did because we started something there’.“Chelsea hadn’t done much for 27 years and they could start to see the progression that was coming very quickly. It has obviously been taken on since Ken Bates was chairman and [former vice-chairman] Matthew Harding died.“It has been taken on with new owners and the rest is history, but I think they will go foreign.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
South African traditions are also atourism drawcard. The OR Tambo International Airportwas revamped ahead of the World Cup.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Trevor BloemChief Director: CommunicationsDepartment of Tourism+27 12 310 3631 or +27 82 771 6729RELATED ARTICLES• World Cup driving SA tourism• SA airports 90% World Cup ready• Kruger Park booked out for 2010• Tourism in South AfricaBongani NkosiThe recent 2010 Fifa World Cup has eradicated many myths about South Africa and boosted growth prospects for the country’s tourism industry, the government said on 7 September 2010.The tournament created a bright image of the country, Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk said in a statement. “The positive brand value that has been unlocked is immeasurable. The event helped us to turn the corner in terms of foreign perceptions about tourism safety.”The Department of Tourism met with industry role-players in Kempton Park, near Johannesburg, on 6 September to review the tournament’s impact on the sector.Delegates at the meeting included representatives from Federated Hospitality Association, South African Tourism Services Association of South Africa and the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa, among others. They discussed lessons learnt from the spectacle and future plans for the industry.The meeting is part of government’s ongoing process of evaluating the benefits associated with hosting the football World Cup.In 2010, and especially during the tournament, South Africa managed to position itself as a high-quality tourism destination, according to the minister.“The World Cup opened up a new window of opportunity for the tourism industry,” said Van Schalkwyk. “It is up to all of us to make use of this opportunity.”It speeded up the construction and renovation of vital infrastructure, such as airports and new accommodation facilities, Van Schalkwyk added.The King Shaka International Airport in KwaZulu-Natal was built at a cost of R6.7-billion (US$922-million), while the country’s two other international airports, OR Tambo and Cape Town, received multibillion-rand upgrades.Domestic airports, including those in Bloemfontein, East London, Upington and Kimberley, also underwent massive revamps worth millions of rands.“These are all important investments in building the future capacity of the tourism sector,” said Van Schalkwyk.Tourism on top of its gameThe country’s tourism industry was on top of its game during the World Cup, the minister said.In addition to creating a safe environment for tourists and completing airport and road revamps on time, the sector excelled in service delivery in the formal accommodation sector, management of increased airlift volumes, the security of air space and the implementation of new systems to facilitate passenger movement, Van Schalkwyk said.“Overall, the collective efforts in the tourism sector were key in delivering an exceptional World Cup,” he added. “As a country, a people, a government and private sector we built a shared vision and delivered on it.”However, the industry could have done so much more in other areas, the minister said. These include ensuring greater benefits for small, medium and micro enterprises; better managing the expectations of the informal accommodation sector; “getting accommodation prices right in the face of the global economic downturn”; and listing up-front availability of accommodation on a database.National convention and events bureau The tourism department is planning to set up a national convention and events bureau to make the most of the World Cup legacy.Cashing in on the infrastructure investments is one of the most important tasks ahead, the minister said, adding that “our proposals in this regard have been received very well by the industry”.The bureau will be part of the five-year National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS) which the department introduced in May 2010. It will be positioned to market events and promote tourism businesses.In light of South Africa attracting more than 1-million tourists during the month-long World Cup, the NTSS is now aiming to increase the number of foreign arrivals in the future.Some 9.9-million foreign visitors came to the country in 2009, but through the strategy volumes are hoped to reach 13.5-million by 2015.
The Bombay High Court on Monday extended protection from arrest of activist Gautam Navlakha till April 15, 2019 in the Bhima Koregaon violence case.A division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre was hearing a plea filed by Mr. Navlakha urging the court to quash the FIR registered against him by Pune police.Advocate Yug Chaudhary appearing for Mr. Navlakha had earlier told another Bench that the Delhi High Court had quashed the arrest, but the Maharashtra government filed a special leave petition in Supreme Court against it, but another Bench at the Bombay HC stayed the arrest. Therefore, the arrest remains quashed as of now.He had said the special leave petition filed by the Maharashtra government in the case will be heard by the apex court in four weeks. and suggested the matter be heard after that.However, the additional government pleader Aruna Kamat Pai had objected to that and the court had said, “If there is no interim order what is the prejudice to you?”Mr. Navlakha has been charged under various sections of IPC and UAPA. The matter will now be heard on April 15.