Adding another feather to Cape Town’s cap is news of the nominations in eight different global categories for the prestigious World Travel Awards – the most highly regarded awards within the travel and tourism industry.
These nominations come at a time when the industry is trying to recover from the devastating effects of COVID-19 and the various travel restrictions.
Cape Town has been nominated in the global categories of World’s Leading City Break Destination, World’s Leading City Destination, World’s Leading Festival, and Event Destination, World’s Leading Tourist Attraction: Table Mountain, World’s Leading Airport: Cape Town International, World’s Leading Luxury Hotel: Twelve Apostles, World’s Leading City Hotel: Pepperclub and World’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa: Villa 2 at Ellerman House
“These awards are globally recognized and winning in these categories would help the local tourism industry tremendously,” says Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism. “Being nominated for these prestigious global accolades really does instill a sense of confidence in our world-class destination.
“As a visitor walks through the streets of Cape Town, explores our national parks, enjoys our beaches, enjoys what our Winelands create, they will undoubtedly enjoy the natural beauty of Cape Town. But what turns that enjoyment into a love for our city is what we as locals offer.
“It’s our warmth and welcoming nature that is the magic ingredient that keeps visitors coming back to Cape Town. And whether you find yourself in the City Centre, in Woodstock, in Khayelitsha, Mitchell’s Plain, or Langa, visitors will discover that every corner of Cape Town has something quite unique to offer. Winning these awards would be a huge honour and it would be a win for all the people of Cape Town.”
Managing Director of Table Mountain Cableway, Wahida Parker, says that this nomination for Table Mountain will go a long way in not only inspiring international visitors to experience Table Mountain, but also South Africans.
“This nomination reinforces our accolade as the New 7th Natural Wonder of the World. As we reopen tourism, we want all South African to know that they have an international gem right on their doorstep.
“Being identified as a leading destination throughout the world – possibly even as the leading destination – is something every Capetonian should be very proud of. This nomination and, hopefully, future win, will remind South Africans that they don’t need to venture too far to see world-renowned attractions, but we need people to vote,” says Parker.
These nominations come after Cape Town was nominated for multiple awards on the African continent, also by the World Travel Awards.
These African categories include Africa’s Leading Beach Destination, Africa’s Leading Business Travel Destination, Africa’s Leading City Destination, Africa’s Leading Festival, and Event Destination, and Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination.
Deon Cloete, Cape Town International Airport’s General Manager says, “We are humbled by the global recognition of this nature. As one of the leading airports in the ACSA Group, we remain committed to the region, and now that we have resumed international flights, we are working tirelessly to ensure that we regain consumer trust by protecting the health and wellness of all visitors to the airport.
“As a national entity, we recognize that it is through our partnerships with the City and the Province that we proudly deliver an integrated and ever increasing value proposition for the region we serve.”
Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities & Asset Management, including tourism, notes that there is a lot of work that goes into being recognized on such a level.
“Together with Cape Town Tourism, the City of Cape Town is constantly working to ensure that Cape Town remains top of mind as a destination for those wanting to live, play, work, study, visit or invest.
“It’s only through our hard work together that we are able to be nominated in these awards. In order to win, we now need the help of the public. Please visit the awards website and cast your vote for Cape Town to help us keep our beautiful city on the minds and in the hearts of potential travelers,” he concludes.
Cape Town Tourism and the City of Cape Town are encouraging you to help Cape Town win these awards. Get voting across all five categories before October 25, 2020 by accessing this link to vote: https://www.worldtravelawards.com/vote. Your vote helps Cape Town stand a chance at winning the ultimate travel excellence accolade.