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Tourism Month Bonanza

Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best awards – Cape Town voted best city in Africa, and hotels scoop top spots! Congratulations to the Mother City

  • The Cape Grace, The Silo Hotel, and Ellerman House took the first, second and third spots respectively, with the One and Only hotel taking fifth place in the World Travel and Leisure’s ‘World’s Best’ awards.
  • Cape Town was rated as the best City in Africa and the Middle East. It was followed by Marrakesh, Jerusalem, Fez, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi, Petra, Muscat and Essaouira, completing the top 10.

“As Mayor of this beautiful city, it gives me great joy to see the hard work of our residents and business owners rewarded with global recognition” – Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato .

Some of the comments from travelers below outline why Cape Town is a firm favourite and did so brilliantly in Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best awards. 

“Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities. This year, readers strongly favoured South Africa — the top five city hotels are all in Cape Town and Jo’burg.”

“This coastal city has a tendency to make even the most wanderlust-fueled traveler consider settling down. Survey responses provide more than enough evidence for this. ‘One of the most beautiful places on earth,’ wrote one reader, with another saying, ‘I’d definitely retire here!’ A third had a similar reaction: ‘When my husband and I arrived, we both immediately thought…should we move?’ Known for its temperate climate and prime position between mountains and sea, this city is a draw for travellers seeking a mix of urban exploration and nature experiences — with outdoorsy excursions like a hike up Table Mountain or a tasting tour of the winelands within easy reach before dinner and drinks on the waterfront.”

Statement from Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato: “The City of Cape Town prides itself on good governance and providing an enabling environment for businesses to thrive. Tourism provides major employment and skills development opportunities for our residents and we have always supported this industry wherever possible. In 2020 we helped local businesses bounce back after a tough national lockdown that left almost no business untouched, and we continuously fought for the easing of lockdown restrictions to help businesses and save livelihoods.

To see these hotels acknowledged on the global stage is testament to the resilience of Capetonians and our commitment to looking after our future and always bouncing back stronger than before.”

Especially good news to receive in Tourism Month!