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Cape Town rates second place in 2009 poll of the World's Best Cities, gaining the top spot for Africa and the Middle East. The cities that are usually seen as tourist meccas like many European cities are slowly being reconsidered for more exotic and tropical destinations, such as Udaipur in India which was awarded the best city in the world to visit.

In the article below, Travel and Leisure magazine readers voted in th poll and therefore this their view on who they think the best is, these are of course well traveled and know how to seperate the best from the rest. Use the navigation link to view various articles on the City of Cape Town on CBN's website as well as business related articles.

Cape Town scoops awards
Article By: Richard Holmes

Travel+Leisure magazine this week announced the much anticipated results of their 14th annual World’s Best poll, where readers of their magazine rate the world’s best cities, islands, hotels, cruises and airlines.

Cape Town sailed into second position in the Top Cities of the World poll, one place up from their third position finish in 2008 and just behind overall winner Udaipur, India. A discerning group of travelers, the readers of Travel+Leisure Magazine opted for exotic destinations Udaipur, Bangkok, Buenos Aires and Chiang Mai ahead of the usual suspects like New York and Rome which finished in eighth and ninth positions respectively in the category of Top Cities.

Cape Town was again voted the Best City in Africa and the Middle East, riding on the crest of a wave of North African cities like romantic Marrakech, Fez and Cairo, as well as Tel Aviv.

Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, CEO of Cape Town Tourism, said: "We are delighted with the recognition that Cape Town consistently receives as one of the world’s favourite and most remarkable destinations. The inclusion of Camps Bay luxury hotel, The Twelve Apostles, as one of The World’s Best 15 hotels further emphasizes that Cape Town offers the visitor outstanding tourism infrastructure and world class facilities and services. An award such as this not only pays tribute to the Mother City’s tourism industry but supports the message that Cape Town is ready to welcome the world for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup."

The presence of South African properties on the Top 15 list of The World’s Best Hotels 2009 category was striking, with Singita Sabi Sand in sixth position, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve (Earth Lodge) in third position and top honours going to Cape Town Tourism member, Bushmans Kloof, located in the Cedarberg Mountains. Cape Town’s luxury offering was further represented by the Cape Grace Hotel in fourth position in the category Top 5 City Hotels in Africa and the Middle East.

The Mother City’s latest accolade follows on a series of earlier awards such as National Geographic Traveler including Cape Town in their 50 Places of a Lifetime selection, Conde Nast Traveler calling it the Top City in Africa & the Middle East (fourth in the World) and The UK Telegraph voting Cape Town their Favourite Foreign City.

Date Posted: 2009-07-13
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