Western Cape clinches 8 awards at the World Tourism Awards

Issued by Manny de Freitas MP – DA Shadow Minister of Tourism
17 Oct 2023 in News

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The World Travel Awards Africa, which acknowledges and celebrates excellence across the sectors of the tourism, travel and hospitality industries, has announced that the DA-led Western Cape has been awarded no fewer than eight prestigious awards.

The awards are as follows:

– Africa’s Leading Airport 2023 – Cape Town International Airport

– Africa’s Leading City Destination 2023 – Cape Town

– Africa’s Leading Cruise Port 2023 – Port of Cape Town

– Africa’s Leading Design Hotel 2023 – Labotessa Luxury Boutique Hotel, Cape Town

– Africa’s Leading Luxury Hotel 2023 – The Silo Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

– Africa’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2023 – Villa Two @ Ellerman House, Cape Town

– Africa’s Leading Luxury Resort 2023 – One&Only Cape Town

– Africa’s Leading Sports Resort 2023 – Pezula Nature Hotel & Spa

It is not a coincidence that the Western Cape province has become the tourism Mecca of South Africa. This is thanks to the Western Cape and the City of Cape Town’s understanding of the impact, potential and importance of tourism and its impact on the economy and creating jobs.

Thanks to the excellent and unwavering commitment to drawing tourists to the Province and its various attractions, tourism has been able to considerably contribute to growing the economy and to the creation of jobs in the province.

Although this is great news for the Western Cape, in a properly governed South Africa, all provinces should be working hard to develop tourism in each province and attempt to win such awards in their provinces.

With this in mind, I will be writing to the Minister to suggest that she set up a process where other provinces can learn about the travel and tourism successes and strategies in the Western Cape so that similar successes can start in the other provinces. Other provinces do not need to “reinvent the wheel” when it comes to tourism so that other provinces can start implementing and “fast-track” the successes achieved in the Western Cape so that they too can benefit from tourism and its limitless potential.

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