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October 18, 2012

Cape Town voted world’s second-best city in Condé Nast Traveller survey

Cape Town by night. Photo by undersigned.

Condé Naste Traveller readers voted Cape Town the second-best city in the world, and Africa’s number one, in the 25th annual Readers’ Choice survey.

A total of 46 476 readers took part in the 2012 annual survey, in which 1 306 winners were nominated.

The popular benchmark canvas positioned Cape Town firmly in the number two position with a score of 84.8, just two points behind the winner, Charleston in the United States, with 86.7. In descending order, Florence, Bangkok, Vancouver, Sydney, Beirut, St Miguel de Allende, Buenos Aires and Gustavia took the remaining top 10 positions.

Topping the list of African cities favoured by travellers, Cape Town received a Readers’ Choice Rating of 84.8. Making up this total were scores of 92.3 for ambience, 86.6 for friendliness, 89.3 for lodging, 86.0 for restaurants, 86.7 for culture and sites, and 69.2 for shopping. Knysna scooped second spot with 72.2 and Marrakech (Morocco) came third with 69.1.

This year’s results were characterised by numerous high scores, with 370 hotels, resorts and cruise lines rating above 90. The Qualia Resort on Australia’s Barrier Reef emerged in a class of its own with a perfect score of 100.

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