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Cape Town voted one of BA’s top long-haul destinations

07 Dec 2012

British Airways customers have placed Cape Town firmly amongst their top five long-haul destinations this festive season, according to research based on the number of bookings made. 
It is the third most popular place to visit on the airline’s long-haul network over Christmas and New Year. Only New York and Miami attracted more festive bookings, with Dubai and Hong Kong in fourth and fifth places respectively.
“It’s a significant achievement as this isn’t a poll of people saying they might like to visit Cape Town some time, but customers who actually hold bookings and will be arriving here over the next few weeks,” said Daniel Bainbridge, British Airways strategic commercial development manager in South Africa.
British Airways upped its London/Cape Town schedule from daily to double-daily in October, with all the flights operating as overnight services.  


South Africa’s participation in the International Golf Travel Market in the Algarve


The South African Pavilion at IGTM 2012


South African Tourism and several South African companies participated in the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) exhibition show that took place from 12 to 15 November 2012 in the Algarve, Portugal.


The International Golf Travel Market is the premier event for the golf travel industry with more than 600 suppliers joining 350 pre-qualified buyers and media operators for set appointments, networking and industry updates.


South African Tourism and several South African companies exhibited under a unified South African pavilion having used the platform to profile the country as a unique golf tourism destination in terms of business, lifestyle, leisure activities and tourism experiences.


Ambassador K. Matthews
speaking at the South African Cocktail Function at IGTM 2012


The South African Pavilion team at IGTM 2012

UK travellers vote Cape Town their favourite city worldwide

14 November 2012

Cape Town got the nod as the favourite city worldwide from 17 000 readers of British news site the Telegraph, while South Africa was rated third favourite country worldwide in the 2012 Telegraph Travel Awards.

The list of winners, released by on Tuesday, places Cape Town in top spot ahead of Vancouver and New York on Telegraph readers' list of best cities to visit.

When it came to countries as tourist destinations, South Africa came third after New Zealand and the Maldives.

Cape Town is no stranger to travel accolades. A frequent winner in the "Africa's Leading Destination" category of the World Travel Awards, Cape Town was displaced this year by the ancient medina of Marrakech in Morocco - but still took the vote as Africa's leading beach destination.

Overall, South Africa enjoyed a big share of the spoils in the 2012 World Travel Awards for Africa, winning 32 awards out of a total 57 categories, including leading African airport, beach destination, family resort, city hotel, conference venue, safari lodge and spa resort.

And the arrivals figures bear out the view that the country remains a hit with tourists, despite the global dip in travel numbers in the face of the global economic downturn.

According to Statistics South Africa, total tourist arrivals to South Africa grew by 10.5% for the first six months of 2012, more than double the global average of 5% for the same period.

The country experienced particularly strong growth in overseas tourist arrivals, recording 17.1% growth in arrivals from outside the African continent, with 1.16-million overseas travellers entering the country in the first six months of 2012, compared to 0.99-million for the corresponding period in 2011.

Sourece: SAinfo reporter

South Africa scores at World Travel Awards

South Africa won 32 awards out of a total 57 categories, including leading African airport, beach destination, family resort, city hotel, conference venue, safari lodge and spa resort.


First held in 1994, the World Travel Awards have grown in prestige to become known as “the Oscars” of the tourism industry, with travel agencies, tour and transport companies and tourism organisations across the world voting annually for the winners. The results for Africa were announced last month.


The Mother ity Cape Town was voted Africa’s leading beach destination. South African Airways was named Africa’s leading airline as well as leading airline economy class, and 1time Africa’s leading low-cost airline, while Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International was voted the leading airport, Durban the leading port, and the Blue Train the leading luxury train on the continent.

Stellenbosch named one the 5 best wine destinations in the world

23 October 2012

Love wine?  Love to incorporate some great wines in your next trip?  Then take a look at this list from TripAdvisor. According to the popular travel review site, these are currently the five best wine destinations in the world:

1. Tuscany, Italy
2. Sonoma County, California
3. Hunter Valley, Australia
4. Stellenbosch, South Africa
5. Province of Mendoza, Argentina

Michele Perry, vice president of global communications for TripAdvisor added that in addition to supplying some of the finest wines to the world, these destinations offer visitors outstanding hotels, restaurants and wine tours.

This is what they wrote about Stellenbosch:

You’ll find a number of excellent wineries ranging in size from grand estates to small mom-and-pop operations in the Stellenbosch/Franschhoek area. Franschhoek was founded by French immigrants and has a decidedly French flair—try some excellent white wines here. The Stellenbosch district is better known for its reds. Definitely seek out a Cape Blend made with local Pinotage grapes.

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