Cape Town the place to be in 2014
Brits planning their 2014 summer holiday have been urged by the Guardian and the New York Times to consider Cape Town, with the publications both ranking the metropolis as top on their Places to Go in 2014 features.
Reasons suggested by the publications include the fact that the South African city will be serving a turn as the World Design Capital this year, with students and established studios alike hosting extensive architecture open houses and special exhibitions.
The range of events is exciting, with participants reportedly determined to celebrate design in all its forms, so expect fashion shows and other activities as well as the recognition of architectural greatness.
When it came to drinking in the local atmosphere, the Guardian was keen to point holidaymakers towards the up and coming suburb of Woodstock.
Those more interested in drinking coffee are advised to check out what is supposedly the world’s coolest cafe – the Victorian steampunk-inspired Truth.
Meanwhile, the New York Times feels the time is right to see the city that inspired the recently deceased Nelson Mandela, who described the beautiful surrounding scenery of Table Mountain as “a beacon of hope”.
Western Cape tourism MEC Alan Winde was understandably thrilled with the news, claiming that the country’s rich history makes it viable for many people’s bucket lists.
“I am confident that our inclusion in the travel lists of these top publications, coupled with the World Design Capital, will help us to achieve our aim of drawing a record number of travellers to our beautiful city in 2014,” he commented.
“This is great news for our city’s tourism sector and excellent publicity for our destination.”
As ever, those planning on following the advice of the New York Times and the Guardian are advised to take out adequate travel insurance, as you’ll be a long way from home should things go wrong.