#LoveSA: Why Cape Town as the greatest city on earth just doesn't get old!

2017-12-05 10:27 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - One of South Africa's most popular cities has once again bagged a top accolade from the UK, with the Telegraph audience naming the Mother City the greatest city on Earth.

After a poll of 90 000 readers in the 2017 Telegraph Travel Awards, the City of Cape Town beat Vancouver and Tokyo for the top prize. 

This is the fifth consecutive year Cape Town has come out number one.

“The world’s greatest city? It’s a coastal gem in the shadow of an iconic mountain‚ where fine wine flows and penguins roam. It could only be Cape Town,” says the publication. "With all eyes on South Africa in 2018‚ the centenary year of Nelson Mandela’s birth‚ few would bet against it repeating the trick in 12 months’ time."

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Vancouver in Canada took second place followed by Tokyo in Japan in third place, while Venice in Italy, Sydney, Australia and New York in the United States made the list of top 10. 

Edinburgh in Scotland, Bruges in Belgium, Amsterdam in Netherlands, Berlin in Germany and Wellington in New Zealand made the bottom five. - see full list here

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Tourist arrival in Cape Town 

Although the drought continues to impact the city and the province as a whole, tourism is overflowing and the accolade comes at a time when air access to the Mother City is booming due to tourist and business demand. 

The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has reinforced a strong growth through its quarterly Aviation Barometer. Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) had an increase of 6.6% in total traffic.

The airport also achieved a whopping 20.4% increase in international arrivals and 22.4% in international departures. 

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When it comes to passengers, on average the airport facilitates some 683 460 travellers per month - having just hit the 10 million passenger benchmark at the end of 2016.

With some 26 International, Regional and Domestic airlines operating at the airport, Deborah Francis, Airport Company South Africa (ACSA) spokesperson says the airport has an 11.2 mil passenger projection for the 2017 calendar year. 

With that said, if the projections become a reality, CTIA would see tremendous growth compared to 2016 when it served just over 10 million passengers.

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