My sister has been to SA every year for the last 5 years for 6 weeks in January / February. She got back last week and commented about how she can see they are really going to town to exploit the tourists for this tourney. No different to any other I hear you say and probably true!
I asked her to bring back some official World Cup merchandise, which she did. One of the things (a mascot that has a sucker cup to stick on a window) I said "shame she didnt bring me one for the car". She said he friend was still there and could get one for me. I nearly spat my drink out when she told me they were £8 each! Thing is, South Africa is a really really cheap place to visit. A good 3 course meal can cost less than a tenner... so £8 for something that's worth 50p is way OTT.
So I asked her what the other bits cost (not that I would normally for gifts she'd brought back for the kids! - but I got nosey!) They are all "offical" merchandise items!
Boys T-Shirt £20
Small Boys Rucksack £35
Boys Cap £20
I got her to stop telling me at that point.... and questioned her sanity for contributing to the rip off!
I can imagine hotel, food etc prices are going to be crazy, once under way going by the above.
So if anyone is thinking of going......... Be prepared to be fleeced! I honestly didnt think what she brought back could have cost her more than £20..... but was just under £100 for each of the kids!