Cape Town is a great town, and the World Travel Awards agree. Cape Town has won the world’s leading festival and event destination award for 2020
Yesterday SABC News Western Cape reported that the Mother City had been awarded the accolade for the second time this year, after receiving it in 2018.
Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato made the announcement during a toned-down version of the switching-on of the festival lights in the CBD last night.
The CoCT reported that the contenders for the award included Barcelona (Spain), Danang (Vietnam), Dubai (UAE), Glasgow (Scotland), Guayaquil (Ecuador), London (England), Moscow (Russia), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Santiago (Chile), Singapore and Sydney (Australia).
Plato said, “These are big cities across the world with excellent track records and for Cape Town to be named World’s Leading Festival and Event Destination in a year when the entire world has grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic, is an illustration of the diverse offering this city presents to the world.”
“It would have been wonderful to share the award with the tens of thousands of people who would normally have lined up on Darling and Adderley Street for the annual Festive Lights Switch-On Concert, however, COVID-19 regulations do not allow us to host the free open-air event.”
In a year which has been undeniably challenging especially in terms of travel and tourism, Cape Town still managed to host the annual events unique to The Mother City such as Cape Town Rugby Sevens, Twiede Niewe Jaa Street Parade, Cape Town Cycle Tour, and the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, to name a few.
In addition to hosting these signature events, The Mother City was also able to draw in new events which varied between a host of different genres including, the Africa Netball Cup, the TP52 Super Series, Miss South Africa grand finale, and the once-off Match in Africa with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
CoCT further reported and congratulated Cape Town International Airport and Table Mountain for being named Africa’s Leading Airport 2020 and Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2020 at the regional awards.