January 13, 2014
Cape Town Tops New York Times’ 52 Places to go in 2014 List
It’s barely the third week of 2014 and already Cape Town, our beloved Mother City, is receiving awards… the best one so far? Why, being named as number one on the prestigious New York Times’ 52 Places to go in 2014 list, of course.
Announced on the online news portal on Friday 10 January, 2014, this latest acknowledgement of our hometown’s irresistible allure sees Cape Town top an impressive list of candidates, including downtown Los Angeles in the United States; Perth in Australia , Rotterdam in the Netherlands and our African neighbour, Namibia.
Lauded for our current status as a city in transformation, particularly in relation to our turn as World Design Capital 2014; the New York Times team has been impressed at how we aim to transform the lives of our residents and bridge our historical differences through design.
Exciting projects on the World Design Capital programme includes the Maboneng Lalela Project which turns township homes into galleries and performance spaces and the Langa Quarter project which aims to grow the bustling precinct into a cultural and economic-driving tourism destination.
Another key attraction that holds us in good esteem with the New York Times team is our wonder of Nature, Table Mountain, which was so often a beacon of hope for our beloved late former president, Nelson Mandela, during his long incarceration on Robben Island.
This accomplishment comes close on the heels of Cape Town being touted as one of Travel+Leisure’s Best Places to Travel in 2014. With 2013 having been such a great year for accolades for Cape Town, including being named The Telegraph Travel Awards’ Favourite City for 2013, 2014 looks set to be just as spectacular for the Mother City.