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October 9th, 2017 by


Cape Town has been voted as The Reader’s Favourite City In The World, according to The Telegraph Travel UK. Over 70 000 readers voted, and the Mother City has come out on top with Vancouver coming in second place this year.


Top 10 Best Cities In The World
1 Cape Town
2 Vancouver
3 Venice
4 Sydney
5 Tokyo
6 New York
7 San Francisco
8 St Petersburg
9 Seville
10 Rome


But what makes Cape Town so great? We spoke to Cape Town Tourism to find out…

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Natural Attractions

Cape Town oozes natural beauty with crisp blue oceans and soaring mountain tops. In fact, Table Mountain, which is Cape Town’s signature attraction, was named as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

According to Cape Town Tourism’s CEO, Enver Duminy, Cape Town is a one of a kind destination.

“It’s a combination of natural beauty, diverse cultures, history (such as our connection to the legacy of Nelson Mandela through Robben Island), experiences and entertainment (food, wine and luxury lifestyle offerings).”

Here are some of Cape Town’s Famous Natural Attractions:

  • Table Mountain;
  • Signal Hill;
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens;
  • Robben Island;
  • Constantia;
  • Lion’s Head;
  • Bo-Kaap;
  • Camps Bay Beach;
  • Cape Point;
  • Kogelberg Biosphere;
  • Boulder’s Beach.

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How Does CT Remain Popular? 

“Cape Town Tourism has a proactive approach to marketing the city to both the international and the domestic tourist markets,” explains Duminy.

Cape Town Tourism has launched a series of videos which showcase the uniqueness that the city has to offer visitors. “Each video focuses on a different part of the city and what tourists can find there that is unique and special, to have an authentic experience and to truly feel as though they are travelling like a local.”

Here is one of “Love Cape Town Neighbourhoods” videos. Enjoy!

How Does The City Promote Tourism Abroad? 

According to a 2016 report, Cape Town International Airport welcomed over 5 million visitors in last year. This was a 7% increase from the previous year.

Most of the city’s main attractions showed growth last year. “For instance, Table Mountain Aerial Cableway experienced a 14% increase year-on-year with 1,102,189 visitor figures and Cape Point saw a record 23% increase year-on-year with 1,095,270 visitors while the V&A Waterfront welcomed an additional 1 million visitors when compared to 2015,” adds Duminy.

The city is confident that these numbers can increase. Cape Town has partnered with NYC & Company to form a city-to-city partnership. The aim is to promote both cities to tourists globally.

“As part of the agreement, NYC & Company and Cape Town Tourism will run campaigns in each other’s city and share best practices in tourism management to increase the number of visitors between both destinations in the years ahead,” mentions the CEO.

So if you would like to find out about the hip and happening places to visit in Cape Town, check out the Cape Town Tourism website. 

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  • Ashley Crookes

    I can certainly agree to most of these points. The last time I was at Robben Island though a couple of years ago, that was not appealing at all. It looked like it had been neglected with no maintenance whatsoever, I felt completely ripped off and quite frankly it was a crap experience. I hope that they have improved it for future tourists as I will never go there again, nor recommend it to anyone.