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Cape Town named best city in Africa and Middle East

Underscoring Cape Town's consistent favour with travellers from around the world, the city has been named Best City in Africa and the Middle East in the Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards for 2017.
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There has been ongoing growth in tourism to the city throughout 2017 following on from a respectable high season, and the forecast for the immediate future is that this trend is set to continue through the latter half of the year, particularly with the much-anticipated opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.

Earlier in 2017, Cape Town was named the number one city in Africa for business tourism events by the International Congress and Convention Association, highlighting the diversity of what’s on offer in the city, from business to luxury travel, as well as affordable options for the leisure traveller.

Executive Mayor, City of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille comments: “We are ecstatic about the award affirming our status as a consistent destination of choice for travellers from all over the world. The City of Cape Town will continue to do all we can to promote Cape Town as the ideal place to live, work, play and invest in. Our tourism offering must be constantly refreshed so that we can keep people coming back for more. We will be getting on with the work along with our partners in the tourism and business tourism sectors to ensure that we put together innovative packages to keep the planes landing in Cape Town packed to capacity. Let us continue getting on with building a world class city so that we can grow our tourism economy and create even more jobs for the people of our beautiful city.”

Enver Duminy, CEO, Cape Town Tourism says: “We applaud the efforts of every tourism professional and every local who has worked tirelessly to make Cape Town a welcoming destination, renowned the world over as providing a fantastic travel experience. Let’s continue to add value to excellence, ensuring an ongoing boost to the economy and sustainability in employment in the sector for more Capetonians.”