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Topnews, Tourism

13. January 2014

Cape Town is New York Times' number one spot to visit this year

The City of Cape Town has received the top spot on the prestigious New York Times’ list of 52 Places to go in 2014, ahead of such destinations as Los Angeles, the Vatican and the Seychelles.

‘Cape Town’s rich cultural history and magnificent natural beauty, the diversity of the people that live here, its role in the triumph of democracy over entrenched segregation and the continued effort to make this a truly inclusive city, all contribute to making Cape Town a preferred destination for people from around the world, as this title demonstrates’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing Councillor Grant Pascoe.

Accolades like this remain of critical importance to this administration as part of our efforts to increase tourism numbers around the year. The economic injection that comes with a thriving tourist industry is crucial if much needed jobs are to be created for the residents of Cape Town.

‘This award is particularly significant this year as we not only celebrate 20 years of democracy but also as Cape Town takes its title as the World Design Capital for 2014. This title will see design being used to fundamentally change the everyday lived reality of communities around the city, looking particularly at sustainable and innovative design solutions for those that are most vulnerable in our city’, said Councillor Pascoe.

According to the New York Times article, Cape Town is “a place to meditate on freedom, and the creative life that followed”. 

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