Cape Town is the choice of World travellers
Beautiful Cape Town, chosen for 2014 as the World’s Design Capital, has been rated as the World’s third best City in Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2014” Top Cities list. Lonely Planet is internationally known to produce the world’s top destination guides and their “Best in Travel” is produced annually as a guide to the top destinations, trends and experiences for the upcoming year with Cape Town being beaten only by Paris and Trinidad amongst the many attractive cities of the World.
The City’s place on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 Top 10 Cities list is largely due to its status as World Design Capital 2014. The international travel guide writes that visitors should “Expect sculpture-lined green spaces, sustainable projects that are more than just a pretty face, and further regeneration of former industrial districts.” Lonely Planet says that the reasons for selecting certain destinations vary, but they do say that 2014 ‘marks the twentieth anniversary of South African democracy – honour it by exploring the city’s history’.
Cape Town has seen a number of prized accolades this October, including :
- Our city took first place in the category Top 10 Cities in Africa and the Middle East and was ranked eleventh in the Top 25 Cities in the World by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, with some 80 000 readers casting 1,3 million votes in this year’s survey.
- The World Travel Awards which took place in Kenya earlier this month, are seen as the “Oscars of the travel industry” and placed Cape Town top as Africa’s Leading Destination and also as Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination.
- The World Travel Awards placed Cape Town top as Africa’s Leading Tourist Destination and also as Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination.
- In the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards, Cape Town was first in the category Top 10 Cities in Africa and the Middle East and was ranked 11th in the Top 25 Cities in the World.
“These awards pay homage to the city’s natural beauty and the huge welcome it extends to international and local tourists. The city and its residents are reaping the benefits of the tourism industry. More visitors to our beautiful city means an increase in revenue and the creation of more job opportunities.,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing, Councillor Grant Pascoe in a Press release by the City of Cape Town, available on their website.
Coming on top of a recent official announcement of an annualised increase in tourist numbers to Cape Town of 8.5%, this bodes well for the coming holiday season. Fortunately there is still affordable Cape Town accommodation available this season at Horizon Cottages.