Cape Town has made it into the top 10 of global travel website, Big 7 Travel's, new, official list of the 'Top 50 Bucket List Destinations 2019'.
South Africans can expect an abundance of enquiring tourists to be in search of cheap flights to Cape Town
following the release of Global travel website, Big 7 Travel’s, new, official list of the 'Top 50 Bucket List Destinations 2019'. Cape Town has made it into the top 10, settling in at number eight. The only other African city that cracked the top 10 is Marrakech, Morocco, which was awarded the number four slot.
The bucket list was compiled via results gathered through a survey and posted to the travel site’s social media pages, which are accessed by over 1.5 million followers.
The rest of the top 10 is as follows:
Cape Town SA’s most popular city?
- Bali, Indonesia
- New Orleans, USA
- Kerry, Ireland
- Marrakech, Morocco
- Sydney, Australia
- The Maldives
- Paris, France
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Dubai, UAE
- Bora Bora, French Polynesia
A sought-after spot in the Big 7 Travel bucket list is not the only accolade or title awarded to South Africa’s Mother City in recent times. It was also named ‘The Best City in the World’ at The Telegraph’s 2017 Travel Awards, and it was the first African city to be named a UNESCO City of Design. In 2018, Cape Town was crowned the Number 1 City in Africa for Business Tourism Events at the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) for the fourth year running, and it won the award for Best Art and Culture Destination at AFAR Travellers’ Choice Awards 2017.
There is little doubt that locals and international travellers alike are realising just how much the city of Cape Town has to offer from both a business and leisure standpoint.South African tourism on the rise
According to Stats SA, South African tourism is improving. During the period of May 2018 – May 2019, foreign arrivals were up by 1.5% when compared to the previous year, with the vast majority of tourists visiting our country (75.5%, in fact) coming from the following ten countries:
United States of America (USA): 35,699 (21.5%)
United Kingdom (UK): 21,834 (13.1%)
India: 13,238 (8.0%)
Germany: 11,827 (7.1%)
France: 11,142 (6.7%)
Australia: 8,825 (5.3%)
China: 7,259 (4.4%)
The Netherlands: 5,782 (3.5%)
Brazil: 5,149 (3.1%)
Canada: 4,771 (2.9%)
Stats SA has also divulged that most tourists arriving in South Africa during that period were aged between 35 and 44 years (29.4%), followed closely by travellers who were 25 to 34 years (27.9%).
While South African tourism is already looking promising, the release of this new bucket list by Big 7 Travel is sure to have a further healthy impact on South Africa’s tourism going forward. Sources: