South Africa’s Cape Town International Airport has been named the continent’s leading airport at the recent edition of the World Travel Awards. And Table Mountain was named Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction.
The announcements were made at the prestigious 26th World Travel Awards (WTA) ceremony held in Mauritius over the weekend.
Cape Town International Airport won the gong for a third consecutive year!
According to the organisers, the win only enforces a dominance of South Africa in the category, given that Cape Town airport and O. R. Tambo International Airport in Gauteng have dominated the category since 1998.
Cape Town remains a firm destination of choice for global travellers and over the past few years, Cape Town International Airport has shown sustained growth in passenger numbers with an increase year-on-year in 2017.
Growth in international passengers has been in double digits for the past few years.
Ethiopian Airlines was voted Africa’s Leading Airline (which is interesting considering an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on 10 March 2019, killing all 157 people on board).
In other categories, South Africa’s Table Mountain (seen below from Cape Town International Airport) was named Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction. Of course!
Hospitality winners included Hilton Hotels & Resorts (Africa’s Leading Hotel Brand); Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa (Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel); Thanda Island, Tanzania (Africa’s Leading Luxury Island), Pangolin Chobe Hotel, Botswana (Africa’s Leading New Hotel); Legend Golf Resort & Spa, South Africa (Africa’s Leading Sports Resort), and Transcorp Hilton Abuja (Africa’s Leading Business Hotel).
The ceremony marked the third leg of the WTA Grand Tour 2019 – a search for the finest travel and tourism organisations in the world.