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Cape Town triumphs as the fourth-best large city in the world, according to Condé Nast Traveller’s 2023 Reader’s Choice Awards.


Global (03 October 2023) – Cape Town has just been voted the fourth-best large city in the world by the discerning readers of Condé Nast Traveller in their 2023 Reader’s Choice Awards.

With over 520,000 readers from across the globe sharing their travel experiences, this award is a tribute to Cape Town’s enduring charm and appeal. The Mother City has once again proven that it has a special place in the hearts of travellers worldwide.

Enver Duminy, CEO at Cape Town Tourism, expressed his gratitude for this remarkable achievement.

He said, “We’re honoured that Condé Nast Traveller’s discerning readership voted our beautiful Mother City as the fourth-best large city in the world. This accolade is a recognition of our city’s unique beauty, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality.”

Indeed, Cape Town has it all – from the iconic Table Mountain to the stunning coastline, rich history, and diverse communities. Visitors are not only captivated by its natural beauty but also by the warmth of its people. It’s this combination that makes Cape Town a truly exceptional destination. But this achievement isn’t just a feather in Cape Town’s cap; it’s a win for South Africa as a whole. It enhances our profile on the world map and serves as a beacon for travellers contemplating their next adventure.

As Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Growth, rightly put it, “Your hospitality is the beating heart of our beautiful city.”

Cape Town’s recognition on the global stage is well-deserved. The city has worked tirelessly to remain an inclusive must-visit destination. It’s not just about showcasing the beauty of the city but also ensuring that everyone, from locals to tourists, feels welcome and valued.

The competition was fierce, with cities like Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, and Sydney also making it to the top five but this only highlights the high standards of the cities that Cape Town was ranked against.

Condé Nast Traveller’s Reader’s Choice Awards are the travel industry’s longest-running and most prestigious accolades. Each year, they gather the opinions of hundreds of thousands of readers to determine the winners, making this recognition truly significant.

“As we celebrate this achievement, we mustn’t forget the communities that make Cape Town so special and the travellers who took the time to cast their votes. Together, they have made Cape Town’s tourism experience an award-winning one.”

Looking ahead, Cape Town eagerly anticipates welcoming visitors from around the world to experience its magic. With the announcement of this award, Cape Town’s allure has undoubtedly grown stronger, and we can’t wait to share its beauty and hospitality with even more people.

In a world where good news can sometimes be hard to find, Cape Town’s fourth-place ranking in the Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards is a shining beacon of positivity. It’s a reminder that even in challenging times, there are places of wonder and warmth waiting to be explored, and Cape Town is undoubtedly one of them.

Sources: Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards
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