SA Tourism Boost From’The Bachelor’

The Bachelor’s Brad Womack may have given Emily Maynard his heart and Chantal O’Brien the boot duringlast night’s finale of the popular ABC series, but South African tourism promoters are hoping they’ll be the real winners.Womack proposed to Maynard after a string of exotic dates that included a helicopter ride at the blustery Cape of Good Hope and an encounter with great white sharks on Dyer Island – where, apparently, the ability to ooh and ahh over about-to-be-eaten fur seals, hold her own in a shark cage and look good in a wetsuit weren’t enough for plucky O’Brien.

Meanwhile, globetrotters who want to jump start their own adrenaline-fueled romances can book” The Bachelor Ultimate South Africa Getaway,” a 10 day/7 night package that includes round-trip airfare from New York or Washington and flights within South Africa, four nights at Cape Town’s One&Only hotel, a full day shark dive excursion in Gansbaai, three nights at the Lion Sands River Lodge, and other extras. Package rates start at $6,875 per person, including airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

By Laura Bly
In 2010 South Africa saw more than 8 million tourist arrivals to the country compared to just over 7 million in 2009.2011 is expected to be a better year .

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