SUMMARY – SOUTH AFRICA CELEBRATES WINNING “BEST COUNTRY” AND “BEST CITY IN THE WORLD” AT 2023 TELEGRAPH TRAVEL AWARDS. CAPE TOWN’S VICTORY AS “BEST CITY” HIGHLIGHTS GLOBAL APPEAL AND WARM HOSPITALITY, MAKING IT AN IRRESISTIBLE DESTINATION FOR TRAVELERS.
South Africa has won two awards at the 2023 Telegraph Travel Awards. The country has named “Best Country,” while Cape Town has named “Best City in the World.” These awards voted on by 27,000 readers and highlight South Africa’s beauty, rich cultural heritage, and appeal to travelers.
The Telegraph Travel Awards commends destinations that capture imagination and create lasting memories for visitors. South Africa’s exceptional success in securing 2 awards highlights its unparalleled natural landscapes, diverse wildlife, and vibrant cultural experiences.
Cape Town’s Enchanting Allure
Often referred to as the “Mother City,” Cape Town has long been celebrated for its breathtaking beauty and warm hospitality. The city’s win as the “Best City in the World” by 2023 Telegraph Travel Awards solidifies its position as a global tourism gem. With attractions like Table Mountain, stunning beaches, captivating Cape Winelands, and lively neighborhoods, Cape Town offers an array of experiences that touch the heart and soul.
Kgomotso Ramothea, Acting Hub Head for UK and Ireland Hub, expressed their elation and immense pride for South Africa’s recognition as the ‘Best Country’ and Cape Town’s crowning as the ‘Best City in the World’ by 2023 Telegraph Travel Awards. These prestigious accolades bear witness to the remarkable experiences the country offers and the unwavering dedication of its tourism industry. South Africa’s stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and hospitable people continue to charm travelers from all over the world. They express their gratitude to the 27,000 Telegraph readers who voted and welcome everyone to experience the magic of South Africa firsthand.
In 2022, South Africa warmly welcomed 303,848 visitors from the UK and Ireland. In the period from January to May 2023, there was an impressive 50.2% increase, with arrivals from the UK reaching 164,232 compared to 109,372 during the same period in 2022.