Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel is produced annually as a guide to the top destinations, trends and experiences for the upcoming year.
This year, Cape Town was named third city in the Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 Top Cities list. The World Travel Awards also placed Cape Town on top of the pile as Africa’s Leading Destination and also as Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination.
Cape Town’s place on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 Top 10 Cities list, is largely due to its status as World Design Capital 2014.The international travel guide writes : “Expect sculpture-lined green spaces, sustainable projects that are more than just a pretty face, and further regeneration of former industrial districts.”
Lonely Planet says that the reasons for selecting certain destinations vary—it could be that there is something special going on that year or that it’s an up-and-coming destination that travelers should visit before the crowds do.
They continue to say that 2014 “marks the twentieth anniversary of South African democracy – honor it by exploring the city’s history.”
CEO of Cape Town Tourism, Enver Duminy, concludes : “This month we’ve seen Cape Town win three separate awards and what a coup they are. From top city in Africa to third top city in the World, Cape Town has plenty to celebrate in 2014.”