Cape Town International Airport has been nominated by World Travel Awards for the best airport in Africa, the awards are set to take place in November this year in Lisbon.

The World Travel Awards are a prestigious achievement and the highest accolade to receive in the industry of travel and tourism. Founded in 1993 in London, the organisation is comprised of an international jury of hospitality and travel experts.

These experts decide on the winners in the hospitality industry, from hotels to airports.

Cape Town international Airport took home the award for best airport in Africa in 2017 and has been nominated yet again. The public is allowed to vote on the online site for the best African category and is open until 19 August.

 

Cape Town’s numerous nominations 

The local airport is not the only nomination that the Mother city has received – with the Cape Town International convention centre in the running for leading meetings and conferences venue in Africa along with the Cape Town being shortlisted as the leading city category and a top destination for festivals and events.

It does not stop there – Table Mountain and V &A Waterfront are both in the running for leading tourist attraction in Africa. This category is amongst Mount Kilimanjaro and Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya.

Various hotels and accommodation services across the CBD, the winelands and on the Garden route are in the running across accommodation categories in the awards.

The Western Cape ministry of Economic Opportunities Bianca Capazorio shared with EWN,  “One of the main reasons for this is because it offers excellent service, and we’re very happy because it means that tourists experience excellent service in Cape Town from the moment they get off an aeroplane.”

Members of the public are encouraged to vote for the city as Economic Opportunities MEC, Alan Winde said, “I encourage Western Cape residents and visitors to vote for their favorites.”

He added, “The tourism industry contributes so much in terms of the economy and the creation of jobs, but it also helps create experiences and memories.”

 

Western Cape tourism bounces back

The drought has seen a negative impact on the local tourism industry and has experienced immense pressure. Regardless of the conditions, the industry has strived with their hard work to maintain the standard of excellence.

Winde shared, ” The fact that the Western Cape features in so many of the categories is testament to the hard work of the people in the industry and the excellent experiences and value that we offer to travellers.”

The Cape Town Cruise terminal has featured in the leading cruise port category for the World Travel Awards and serves as a testament to the hospitality of Cape Town as it is the first point of entry into the city.

“I am pleased to see that both our airport and our cruise terminal have made the shortlist, as this is often the very first experience people have of our city,” said Winde.

The Mother City is making strides in the international tourism industry.

 

Picture: Facebook/Cape Town International airport

 

Article written by

Ishani Chetty

Ishani is a vegetarian who is passionate about social issues, the environment and current affairs.