Crime and expenses visitors’ main concerns ahead of 2010 FIFA World Cup™

Crime and personal safety, as well as expenses, were the main concerns of randomly selected international football fans ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, according to a survey by

Of the 191 international fans who participated in the survey, 156 said they were concerned about their safety, while 103 were worried about the expenses they would incur during the tournament, which takes place from June 11 until July 11.

Language and communication problems were concerns shared by 16 fans.

Eight fans said they had no concerns at all.

Of those surveyed, 86% had not visited South Africa before, while 45% had attended previous World Cups. An age-group breakdown revealed that 32% of those in the survey were between the ages of 30 and 39 and 29% between the ages of 20 and 29. Less than 5% of those surveyed were younger than 20 or older than 60.

Of the 191 fans in the survey, 126 said they planned to visit Cape Town at some stage during the tournament. Half the people surveyed had already booked their entire trip, while a further 31% had tickets, but still needed to make some bookings.

Nearly 9% said they wanted to be at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, but could not afford it, while 3% said they had too many concerns about South Africa to make the trip.

The same survey questions can be answered here.

See the full survey results here.

For information about security plans for the World Cup, see here

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