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Thursday Nov 15, 2012

Cape Town voted world's best city by UK readers

Cape Town was voted "Favourite Worldwide City" by readers of the British newspaper The Telegraph, ahead of Vancouver and New York.

The 17 000 readers, who were polled about their favourite destinations and travel companies, also voted South Africa the third best country in the world.

The Telegraph Travel Awards take place each year after readers vote for their choice of deserving winners for such accolades as Favourite City Worldwide, Favourite Country Worldwide, Favourite Travel Website and Favourite Travel App.

New Zealand and the Maldives topped the list of "Favourite Worldwide Country", ahead of South Africa.

Cape Town Tourism chief executive Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold said this acknowledgment meant good things for travel to the city.

"What makes this win so special is that, not only have readers voted for Cape Town as number one, but that this is being shouted from the rooftops by one of the UK's most widely-read daily newspapers.

"The UK market has an ongoing love affair with Cape Town.

"British Airways confirm that Cape Town is one of their top 10 global routes and the airline just increased its service to Cape Town to two flights a day for summer - our peak UK tourism season.

"The loyal UK market has high spending capacity and still holds much potential for us to nurture and cater to."

Du Toit-Helmbold said that many people wanted to see and experience Cape Town for themselves after hearing about it.

"Much of the interest in Cape Town is aspirational; people have heard about Cape Town and want to see it for themselves."

Last month, Cape Town was voted the second best city in the world after Charleston in the US in the Condé Nast Traveller Reader's Choice Awards.

Cape Times


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