The UK’s Times newspaper has included Cape Town in their top ten cities to visit in 2009.
The selection was made in collaboration with bestselling guidebook publisher, DK Eyewitness Travel.
“Cape Town looks set to raise its tourist game in 2009 as it gears up for the sporting events of the following year. Add this to the world famous vista, outdoor activities, fantastic accommodation and affordable prices due to the exchange rate, and it’s a good time to visit,” say The Times.
The article cites the hosting of the World Cup in 2010 as the impetus behind some great attractions to the city. An upgraded Cape Town Station, to be completed in late 2009, is one such attraction.
Besides this, the article also discloses the arrival of the One&Only Cape Town luxury resort, as a major attraction for the city. The One&Only resorts, run by South African hotel magnate Sol Kerzner, are amongst some of the most luxurious in the world, having won awards such as the Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Award in 2008. Opening in May 2009, the hotel & resort is to be situated in the V&A Waterfront.
Another pull feature for Cape Town, cited in the article, is the opening of Africa’s first branch of the world famous Nobu Japanese restaurant chain.
Vilnius (the Lithuanian capital), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Gdansk (Poland), Seattle (USA), Bristol (Britain), Fez (Morocco), Washington DC (USA), Copenhagen (Denmark) and Vienna (Austria) are the other cities that appear on the Top 10 Cities list.
For more information, visit the Times Online website