World Cup Good for Tourism

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010  |  Updated 2:45 PM CDT
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World Cup Good for Tourism

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PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 22: South African fans watch the match against France in the last of their group stage matches at the Motherwell Township on June 22, 2010 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Despite a strong performance beating France 2-1, the hosts South Africa were knocked out of the competition leaving African hopes with Ghana who need to secure a draw to make it to the last 16, when the play Germany on Friday. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

South Africa's home affairs minister says foreign visitors continue to arrive in huge numbers as the World Cup enters a crucial phase. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says the total of foreign visitors this month has passed 682,000 -- up from 456,000 as of June 13.

Many of the visitors are from neighboring countries in southern Africa and aren't necessarily heading to World Cup matches. But the minister said the arrivals also include large numbers of Britons, Americans, Germans, Brazilians and others with a team still in contention.

She said 15 troublesome Argentine fans were expected to be deported by Wednesday. They'd been taken into custody by officers who raided their lodgings at a Christian college in Pretoria.

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