Cape Town has scored a spot in the Top 10 Big 7 Media's Top 50 Bucket List Destinations in the World of 2019 list. Compiled by surveying the global travel site's 1.5 million-strong social audience, coming in eighth, the Mother City beat out competition from other African destinations like Rwanda's Virunga National Park, which came in 40th, and Cairo which came in 34th.
In addition to Cape Town’s 8th place ranking, coming in at number 23, South Africa was also represented by the Kruger National Park.
Making tourism accessible
Alderman James Vos, the mayoral committee member for economic opportunities and asset management, including tourism says: "Cape Town’s position as one of the world’s leading travel destinations reaffirms our commitment to making tourism accessible and beneficial across our city.
"Awards like these are a great way for us to benchmark not only our levels of achievement but also allow us to see who the competitors above and below us are. They also importantly give us the opportunity to determine what we are doing right, and what we could improve on as a city."
Cape Town’s inclusion on this list follows similar recognition the city has received recently. Earlier this month, the city was named the Best African & Middle Eastern City In the Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards. At the World Travel Awards, the city was named Africa’s Leading Festival & Event Destination, with the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and Cape Town International Airport being voted as Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction and Africa’s Best Airport respectively.
Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism adds: "Considering the challenges we addressed recently around the Day Zero crisis, it’s a considerable feat to be reminded that travellers around the world still recognise Cape Town’s tourism offerings.
"We remain an unparalleled destination on the continent, and one whose multiple tourism initiatives have ensured that we can continue to attract visitors from all over the globe. We’re honoured that so many travellers remain confident in our ability to offer attractions and memorable experiences. There is still more to be done, but this recognition from Big 7 Media shows this strategy is working."