Cape Town bags top city award

Cape Town was named # 1 in the category ‘Top Cities in Africa and the Middle East’ in the Travel + Leisure 2016 World’s Best Awards, at a presentation ceremony held in New York last night (6 July 2016). Read more below:

The Mother City continues to pull out all the stops, flash her beauty and appeal to domestic and international visitors,  gathering awards around the globe for her magnificent beauty and tourist offerings.

Scenic Cape Town
Scenic Cape Town

Most recently, the 2015/2016 Telegraph Travel Awards chose Cape Town as the Best City in the World for the fourth year running, knocking-out Vancouver and Venice, which took second and third place respectively in the Best City category.

In Condé Nast’s highly acclaimed Reader’s Choice Awards, the Mother City also took the top honours as the number one food city in the world!

This is two places up to top spot from last year’s 3rd place in the Condé Nast World’s Best Food Cities list.

‘I am deeply honoured and extremely proud that Cape Town was voted #1 in the category ‘Top Cities in Africa and the Middle East’ in the Travel and Leisure 2016 World’s Best Awards. While I am well aware of the natural beauty of our city, I must say those of us who have the opportunity to live in Cape Town do tend to forget and take this for granted.  But such accolades not only serve as a constant reminder but also make us sit-up sharply and appreciate our awesome surroundings once again.  It is indeed humbling for all of us Capetonians.  While we pride ourselves in  a well-run city, we still have much work to do.  Cape Town has been one of the fastest growing cities in South Africa,  in terms of urbanisation and I think it is quite clear why everyone wants to live, work, and play in Cape Town.  Thank you to all who voted for Cape Town as the #1 city in Africa and the Middle East,’ Councillor Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development. 

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Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town

Media enquiries: Councillor Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, City of Cape Town, Tel: 021 400 1375 or Cell: 082 722 2685, E-mail: garreth.bloor@capetown.gov.za (please always copy: media.account@capetown.gov.za)

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