The warmth and neighbourliness of Capetonians has been recognised by global travel site Big 7 Travel with the city being named one of the world’s friendliest.
Compiled by surveying Big 7 Travel’s 1.5 million strong social audience, Cape Town was the leading African city.
The site asked its users: “Where you would find the friendliest city in the world?”
Explaining Cape Town’s ranking, Big 7 Travel said that, “Cape Town’s locals are full of life and warmth and instantly welcome visitors to the city. It’s a safe city for travellers (once you explore with some common sense!) with a diverse mix of locals and an exciting energy. Our readers scored it highly on first impressions, putting it firmly as one of the friendliest cities in the world.”
Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, including Tourism, says, “Unlike many of the lists that Cape Town regularly appears on, I feel that this one is particularly special. The natural beauty of our city is something we can take pride in, but we are only custodians of that beauty. However, to be known for our friendliness, something that is down to each person’s actions, is something I think each and every Capetonian should be proud of.”
“As a visitor walks through the streets of Cape Town, explores our national parks, enjoy our beaches, enjoys what our winelands create, they will undoubtedly enjoy the natural beauty of Cape Town” Enver Duminy, the CEO of Cape Town Tourism says. “But what turns that enjoyment into a love for our city is what we as locals offer. Our warmth, passion, welcoming nature, our friendliness is the magic ingredient that keeps visitors coming back Cape Town year, after year, after year.”
This ranking comes hot on the heels of Big 7 Travel having named Cape Town 8th in its Top 50 Bucket List Destinations In The World.