A survey conducted by the department of Tourism indicates that up to 24% of tourist accommodation during the 2010 World Cup will be marked up by over 50%

A survey conducted by the department of Tourism indicates that up to 24% of tourist accommodation during the 2010 World Cup will be marked up by over 50% above the 2010 high season rate.

The survey, which investigated alleged overpricing by accommodation establishments, showed that the remaining 76% of respondents polled raised their prices by under 50%.

Speaking to Business Day Online, Sindiswa Nhlumayo, Deputy Director-General in the department of Tourism says the price increases were expected.

"When you host an event of such magnitude, increases like are expected based on the laws of supply and demand", Nhlumayo said.

The majority of establishments increasing their rates by over 50% are based in Gauteng, the province expecting the most visitors by way of media personnel, tourists, players and officials during the tournament in June and July.

The tourism department are encouraging tourists to 'shop around' when it comes to choosing accommodation due to the 'variety of choices' they are afforded, Nhlumayo said.