UK newspaper readers rank Cape Town as best travel destination

Cape Town has recently been voted as best travel destination in the world by 17,000 readers of the Daily Telegraph, pipping both Vancouver and New York into first place.

Part of the 2012 Telegraph Travel Awards, South Africa itself was rated as third-best country behind New Zealand and the Maldives, further bolstering the Rainbow Nation’s appeal as a word-class holiday destination.

Possessing Table Mountain and its cableway, the Cape of Good Hope, a variety of fine sandy beaches and Robben Island only a short ferry ride away, there is so much to see and do during your holidays to South Africa.

CEO of Cape Town Tourism, Mariette du Toit-Helmbold said “Our latest survey indicates a 74 per cent occupancy rate for November 2012 and a 73 per cent occupancy rate for December, marginal increases when compared to the corresponding periods in 2011.

“Over the past two years, and particularly in 2012, we have seen the trend of bookings with shorter lead times grow tremendously, so we do expect these occupancy levels to increase across the board as summer draws closer,” she continued.

“Over the school holiday period, Cape Town has a big influx of tourists from other parts of the country.”

South Africa also has strong international market appeal with du Toit-Helmbold revealing that substantial numbers of tourists flock to the Cape from Europe, with British, German and Dutch travellers not uncommon.

In addition to an influx of guests from the United States, as well as India, South America and the Middle East, it is no wonder that Cape Town is ranking well across the awarding bodies. The city was also voted ‘Top City in Africa’ at the 2012 Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Awards.