SOUTH AFRICA: Cape Town on top of tourist bucket list for 2014
Cape Town top of tourist bucket list in 2014
The recent wave of international awards and accolades has secured Cape Town’s position as one of the world’s most popular cities, and justifies its global ranking as the top tourist destination in 2014. In addition to being voted as the World Design Capital in 2014 and being acknowledged by both the “New York Times” and Britain’s “The Guardian” as the top holiday destination this year, the city of Cape Town in South Africa has also been recognised as the premier destination in 2014 on the Conde Nast Traveller Gold List and achieved second and third position in the Travel and Leisure list and the Lonely Planet Guide respectively.
The mother city of Cape Town is also receiving high praise from the Far East, where two top Chinese publications, namely “Voyage” and “MICE China Magazine” voted Cape Town as the Best International Destination of the year 2013 and the Best Luxury Travel Destination 2013 respectively.
“Last year marked a welcome increase from 2012 in the number of local and international tourists who visited Cape Town, and all performance indicators from last November and December point towards a record summer season in 2014,” said Michael Pownall, the General Manager of The Taj Cape Town Hotel in South Africa.
“Our City is already the most visited destination in Africa and boasts a number of the Country’s top tourist destinations, many within walking distance from the Taj Cape Town,” remarks Pownall, who is delighted that the City is enjoying the glow of the international spotlight. “I am particularly impressed with the well-planned festive events that the City rolled out such as the New Year’s Celebration on the Grand Parade which attracted over 80,000 revellers, thereby proving that the gentrification of the city centre is a great success story.”
It is no secret that Cape Town is spoilt with a great natural beauty but many of the City’s top attractions are found away from the gorgeous beaches and mountainous skyline. “In order to take advantage of Taj Cape Town’s unrivalled position in the heart of City, the hotel has been exceptionally busy planning new activities and unique tours for our guests that showcase the best that Cape Town has to offer,” remarks Pownall. “Walking tours to all the nearby attractions are proving especially popular with our guests; in particular, the Prisoner to President Tour which traces Nelson Mandela’s journey from incarceration on Robben Island to the Country’s highest office has become one of the Hotel’s signature offerings.”
Pownall believes that Cape Town’s tenure as the World Design Capital in 2014 has strongly contributed towards the City securing the top positions on five prestigious travel lists. “There are over 460 urban design projects in and around Cape Town which have been commissioned specifically to entrench the City’s position as the design and creative hub of the continent. Cape Town competed against the likes of Dublin in Ireland and Bilbao in Spain for the 2014 honours and can be tremendously proud of this high profile branding opportunity for the City.”
According to Pownall, it is very difficult to single out just one of Cape Town’s many unique attractions. “As one of the seven new wonders of the world, it is impossible not to be awed by Table Mountain’s impressive profile, but there are numerous other unique experiences and cultural attractions in the city centre and surrounds that validate Cape Town’s position as 2014’s must-see destination.”
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