MOST Capetonians already know they live in one of the best cities in the world.
Now, Lonely Planet has rubber stamped it.
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel guide puts Cape Town at number three in its annual guide of top destinations.
Paris in France and Trinidad in Cuba took the top two spots respectively.
In a statement from the City of Cape Town, it said the city was punted as a top destination largely due to its status as World Design Capital 2014.
“Lonely Planet says that the reasons for selecting certain destinations vary. They continue to say that 2014 ‘marks the twentieth anniversary of South African democracy – honour it by exploring the city’s history’,” the statement read.
Cape Town has also received several other key travel accolades this year, including the World Travel Awards which placed Cape Town as the top destination in Africa as well as Africa’s leading meetings and conference destination.
In the recent Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards, Cape Town was listed at the top of the top 10 cities in Africa and the Middle East and was ranked 11th in the Top 25 cities in the world. Some 80 000 readers cast 1.3 million votes in the survey.
“These awards pay homage to the city’s natural beauty and the huge welcome it extends to international and local tourists.
“The city and its residents are reaping the benefits of the tourism industry. More visitors to our beautiful city means an increase in revenue and the creation of more job opportunities.”