Cape Town named favourite city in Telegraph awards

4th Dec 2013

Tourists on city breaks to South Africa's Cape Town now officially know it is without equal in the world.

The bustling metropolis has been voted The Telegraph Travel Awards' Favourite City for 2013, at a ceremony staged in London.

The award was voted by the people best placed to judge - the visitors themselves.

The annual Telegraph Travel Awards asks readers to choose their travel favourites in categories including Best City Worldwide, Best Country Worldwide, Best Travel Website and Best Travel App.

The poll totalled 75,000 votes.

This adds to Cape Town's recent kudos as number three destination in Lonely Planet's Best Cities in the World for 2014, in their Best in Travel 2014 guide book.

The city's delights include scenic drives, beautiful beaches - including Camps Bay - tempting wine farms and cultural sites offering more than 100 art galleries and a glittering diamond museum.

Biking and trekking holidays are also gaining in popularity on routes overlooked by the magnificent Table Mountain.

But the venue will hardly have time to rest on its laurels - even if it wants to.

For next year sees Cape Town play out its title of World Design Capital 2014 as well as celebrating 20 years of democracy with the rest of the country.

CEO of Cape Town Tourism, Enver Duminy, said the city's second successive Telegraph Travel Awards' Favourite City clearly reflects UK visitors' desire to travel to Cape Town.

Duminy said the UK remains its biggest source market, adding: "It is always a proud moment when the end users are the ones who acknowledge the continued efforts of our City's tourism industry and citizens to create memorable visitor experiences."

Councillor Grant Pascoe, Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing, said Cape Town's ability to host mega events will soon ensure its tourist industry will be busy all year round.

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