Cape Town Voted Best City
Readers of the Daily Telegraph have voted Cape Town the Best World City in its 2008 travel awards. South Africa itself also secured a place in the top three best non-European country categories.
The Telegraph, one of the UK’s leading daily newspapers, polled 40 000 of its readers in the 10th awards of its kind. Cape Town beat both San Francisco and Sydney to be named as the world’s best city.
Cape Town Tourism chief executive, Mariëtte du-Toit Helmbold said: “We are thrilled with the news. Cape Town is well placed to receive visitors looking for value for money and an authentic experience. Cape Town has so much to offer that visitors generally end up coming back to see and do more.”
UK country manager at South African Tourism Lebohang Mokhesi also congratulated Cape Town on its award. She said: “Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful cities and to receive such an accolade from consumers themselves is great recognition of the wonderful tourism offering it has developed. Value for money and the strength of the pound compared with other world currencies appears to have been a deciding factor for readers when voting.
Cape Town was also recently voted one of ten cities in the world that are most likely to become a global sustainability centre by 2020. It has already won a long list of other awards including Africa’s Best City (US Travel and Leisure Best in the World Awards, July); Best Travel Destination in Africa and Middle East (US Travel and Leisure magazine, 2004 through 2007); and one of the world’s five Bluest Sky Destinations (expedia.co.uk).
In addition to being a world class tourist and business destination, Cape Town is a great destination for sports travellers. Brook Sport and Leisure have been working with sports travel operators to develop travel packages to the Western Cape. Packages catering for individuals, groups or teams for warm weather training, team tours or sporting holidays in sports including golf, soccer, rugby, cricket, netball, cycling, running, and adventure sports.
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