Cape Town’s Awards and Accolades

IF you’ve ever enjoyed a holiday in Cape Town, you’ll know what a special city it is. There’s something magical about this beautiful city. It could be the massive Table Mountain that looms over the City Bowl, the ocean on the doorstep of suburbs like Sea Point and Camps Bay, the non-stop shopping, or the distinct African rhythm that permeates the city like a heartbeat.

Table Mountain
Table Mountain

Here are just some of the recent awards that Cape Town has under her glitzy belt:

One of the Best Cities in the World 2019
Awarded by: Time Out

Greatest City on Earth
Awarded by: Telegraph Travel Awards 2018

Best Destination in Africa
Awarded by: World Tourism Awards 2018

One of the Top Tech Cities in the World
Awarded by: Savills Tech Cities

World’s leading Festival and Events Destination
Awarded by: 2018 World Travel Awards

Cape Town International Airport voted Best in Africa (in 2016, 2017 and 2018!)
Awarded by: Skytrax World Airport Awards

Featured in Fondor’s Go list 2017
Awarded by: Fodor

Cultural Destination of the Year Award – Zietz Mocaa
Awarded by: Leading Cultural Destinations Awards 2018

Most Affordable Long-Haul Destination in the World
Awarded by: Annual UK Post Office Report 2018

UNESCO City of Design
Awarded by: UNESCO 2017

Best Art and Culture Destination
Awarded by: AFAR Travelers’ Choice Awards 2017

#1 City in Africa for Business Tourism Events 2018
Awarded by: International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)

Western Cape voted Golf Destination of the Year 2017
Awarded by: IAGTO – International Association of Golf Tour Operators

Older Awards:

Over the years, Cape Town has done particularly well as a destination. Here are some of the awards that she has won since 2010:

  • Africa’s Leading Beach Destination 2012 (World Tourism Awards)
  • The Cape Town International Convention Centre awarded Best Conference and Events Venue in South Africa (SACCI, 2015 – 2016)
  • Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination (World Travel Awards 2013)
  • Top City in Africa and the Middle East (Travel and Leisure’s annual online poll 2015)
  • One of the World’s Top 20 Cities 2010 (Condé Naste Traveler Readers’ Travel Awards)
  • One of the World’s Top 10 Most Loved Cities in 2012 (CNN)
  • Best City Award 2016 (The Telegraph Awards)
  • One of the Top 10 Beaches in the World (National Geographic, 2013)
  • World’s Best Luxury Entertainment and Lifestyle Destination (Ethisphere, 2015)
  • World Design Capital 2014
  • One of the World’s Most Beautiful Cities 2010 (Forbes)
  • Number 1 on the New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2014 (Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for 2013)
  • Best Airport in Africa and Airport Staff Service Excellence 2010 – 2015 (Skytrax, 2010-2015)
  • Kalk Bay was named the Coolest Neighbourhood in the World (Forbes, 2018)
  • One of the Top 10 Cities in Africa and the Middle East (Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for 2013)
  • Best Overseas City for Restaurants and Bars, as well as the Second-Best Overseas City in the World (Condé Naste Readers’ Travel Awards 2016)
  • Best City (2015-16 Telegraph Travel Awards)
  • Number One Food City in the World 2016 (Condé Nast’s Reader’s Choice Awards)
  • Luxury City Destination of the Year (Luxury Travel Guide Africa and Middle East Awards 2015 and 2016)
  • The Best City in the World (Telegraph Travel Awards, 2015/2016)
  • One of the Top 10 Cheapest Global Travel Cities (Trip Adviser, 2013)
  • Number 1 Convention City in Africa and the Middle East (International Congress and Convention Association, 2012-2015)

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