Cape Town was given the honour of being the World Design Capital for 2014 last year and already has the number one tourist destination in Africa (Table Mountain) located within its city limits. Now Cape Town has received another tourism honour.
For those of you who did not now, the annual World Travel Awards (WTA) were held in September. South African tourism brands received a long list of accolades and Cape Town was rewarded with the Best Beach Destination award for Cape Town.
The Mother City competed for the top beach attraction award against Bazaruto (in Mozambique), Diani Beach (in Kenya), Plettenberg Bay (also in the Western Cape), Zanzibar Island (Which is part of Tanzania) and a previous winner Sharm El Sheikh (in Egypt)
Cape Town’s beaches beaches are diverse, which make them a huge tourism asset for the Mother City. Cape Town has family beaches, tidal pools, clear water, challenging surfs, endless beaches, tranquil coves and much more. The Mother City’s beaches are a place for relaxation, exercise, discovery and inspiration, therefor they appeal to a wide range of travellers and can offer so much, even during a single visit.
A sustained, combined effort between The City of Cape Town, the private sector and the public themselves is the reason why Cape Town has the proud record. Cape Town’s beaches are clean, safe and carefully managed to protect their role in the biodiversity. If you take into account that Cape Town has a population of 3.5 million people (making it second biggest city in South Africa), this is quite a remarkable effort if you ask me.
Other notable winners at the 19th Annual World Travel Awards included SAA (Best Airline), 1Time (Africa’s Leading Low Cost Airline), Ellerman House & Villa (Africa’s Leading Luxury Villa), Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa (Africa’s Leading Luxury Hotel), The Blue Train (Africa’s Leading Luxury Train), Fairmont Zimbali (Africa’s Leading Tourism Development Project) and Shamwari Game Reserve (Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge).
The World Travel Awards was actually launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognize excellence in the global travel and tourism industry. It has the reputation as the very highest achievement that a travel product could hope to receive.
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The original report about this was posted on the SA Good News website.