World Travel Awards have nominated Cape Town International Airport as one of the best airports on the continent, yet again. However, it doesn’t stop there. The Mother City has been shortlisted in an array of categories.
Founded in 1993 and headquartered in London, the World Travel Awards has an international jury, made up of a panel of hospitality experts and peers that decide on numerous hospitality awards presented to hotels, cities, companies etc.
Based on a public vote, votes for the African categories are open until 19 August.
Economic Opportunities MEC, Alan Winde, is urging Western Cape visitors and residents to register to vote for their picks.
“The tourism industry contributes so much in terms of the economy, and the creation of jobs but it also helps create experiences and memories.”
Not only is Cape Town competing in the leading city category, but the city is also shortlisted in the leading festival and events destination and the meetings and conferences destination.
In a tough category that features Mount Kilimanjaro and the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya, the V&A Waterfront and the Table Mountain are both competing for the leading tourist attraction in Africa.
Also getting acknowledgement for excellence is the Cape Town Cruise Terminal, which gets a nod in the leading cruise port category.
Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is in the top picks for leading meetings and conferences venue in Africa.
The most recent State of Cape Town Central City Report shared that the CTICC not only held 482 events, but it also created 7,824 jobs.
The convention centre’s economic contribution to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) a sizeable R3.7bn, with a contribution of R3.1bn to the Western Cape GDP.
Multiple accommodation establishments and hotels situated across the Cape Town CBD, in the Winelands and the Garden Route are competing in the numerous accommodation categories.
Winde said that even though tourism in the Western Cape was strained in the past year due to the drought, the industry focused not only on saving water but also jobs.
The string of nominations for the city is a testament of the industry’s efforts.
Winde is especially pleased to see that both the airport and the cruise terminal have made the shortlist. Most often, it’s the first experience people have of the city.
“I am also pleased to see accommodation establishments from the Cape Town CBD, Hermanus, Robertson, Paarl, George and Knysna all feature in the listings, as this shows excellence exists in tourism experiences across the province.”