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Africa’s Leading City Destination, in the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2021, goes to Cape Town again!

Our beautiful Mother City has been voted as Africa’s Leading City Destination in the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2021. The accolade comes ahead of the announcement of the winners of the World categories on 26 November, where Cape Town is again vying for a host of awards, including the World’s Leading Festival & Event Destination 2021. Cape Town presently holds the title for 2020.

The 2021 World category Cape Town nominees are in alphabetical order on the voting form. To cast your vote, visit

  • World’s Leading Airport – Cape Town International Airport, South Africa
  • World’s Leading City Break Destination – Cape Town, South Africa
  • World’s Leading Luxury Hotel -The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, South Africa
  • World’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa – Villa Two @ Ellerman House, South Africa
  • World’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator – Go2Africa
  • World’s Leading Resort Sensory Garden – Babylonstoren Hotel, South Africa
  • World’s Leading Serviced Apartments – Lawhill Luxury Apartments, South Africa
  • World’s Leading Tourist Attraction – Table Mountain, South Africa

And Table Mountain has been voted the continent’s leading tourist destination. Congratulation to all.

Just weeks after being recognised in the Skytrax Awards, Cape Town International Airport has been acknowledged by WTA voters as Africa’s leading airport. (See HERE)

‘The tourism sector is a key pillar of the local economy and awards such as these help to keep Cape Town front of mind for local and international visitors. International recognition for all that Cape Town has to offer, as well as our ongoing vaccination efforts, ensure our beautiful city remains a popular tourism destination for local and international visitors,’ said the City’s Executive Mayor Alderman Dan Plato.

It is a signal of exciting times ahead as the city prepares for a bumper tourist season this year.

‘As the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and as someone who goes out daily into communities and meets with people and businesses who depend on the visitor economy, I understand the value of this industry. Tourism directly contributed 3% to South Africa’s GDP and that does not even take into account the value to industries such as manufacturing or transport. It is through tourism that the opportunities and innovation of Cape Town are revealed to the world.

‘The WTAs brings significant global attention and investor value to the Mother City.’

‘We will be building on the gains of these latest awards when I have the distinct pleasure of launching the City government’s destination marketing campaign in key domestic and international markets in the coming days. Our aim with the campaign is to position Cape Town as the premier destination for travel and trade, thereby giving the local economy its biggest boost in almost two years.’

See also Cape Town Green Map