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July 13, 2009

Cape Town voted world’s No 2 city

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The Twelve Apostles, from which the award-winning hotel takes its name, form a majestic backdrop. Photo courtesy Neil Howard

Cape Town has sailed into second position in the Top Cities of the World poll, just behind Udaipur, India.

Travel+Leisure magazine this week announced the results of its 14th annual World’s Best poll, in which readers rate the world’s best cities, islands, hotels, cruises and airlines. This publication is regarded as one of the world’s leading travel lifestyle magazines, with a monthly circulation of almost one million readers internationally.

The magazine’s discerning readers opted for destinations like Buenos Aires and Chiang Mai ahead of the usual suspects like New York and Rome, which finished in eighth and ninth positions respectively in the category of Top Cities.

Cape Town was again voted the Best City in Africa and the Middle East, riding on the crest of a wave of cities like Marrakech, Fez, Tel Aviv and Cairo.

The UNWTO’s June 2009 Barometer publication notes that there was 3% growth in international travel to Africa during the first quarter of 2009 – in the face of negative growth elsewhere in the world.

Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, CEO of Cape Town Tourism, says of the latest accolade: “We are delighted with the recognition that Cape Town consistently receives as one of the world’s favourite and most remarkable city destinations.

“The inclusion of some of Cape Town’s hotels, like the Twelve Apostles Hotel, which is rated as one of the World’s Best 15 Hotels, and the Cape Grace Hotel, which came fourth in the category Top Five City Hotels in Africa and the Middle East, further emphasises that Cape Town offers the visitor outstanding tourism infrastructure and world-class facilities and services.

“An award such as this not only pays tribute to the Mother City’s tourism industry but supports the message that Cape Town is ready to welcome the world for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup™.”

Travel+Leisure’s top lodge in Africa and the Middle East is Cape Town Tourism member Bushmans Kloof, located in the Cederberg Mountains. 

“We applaud the tourism sector for its outstanding commitment to excellence and remarkable visitor experiences,” Du Toit-Helmbold says.

The Mother City’s latest accolade follows on a series of earlier awards such as National Geographic Traveler including Cape Town in its 50 Places of a Lifetime selection, Condé Nast Traveler calling it the Top City in Africa & the Middle East (fourth in the world) and the UK Telegraph voting Cape Town its Favourite Foreign City.

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