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South Africa has been honoured with the prestigious award as the “Best Country” while its iconic city, Cape Town, won the “Best City in the World” during the recently held 2023 edition of the Telegraph Travel Awards.

Kgomotso Ramothea, South Africa Tourism Acting Hub Head for UK and Ireland Hubs, in a statement on Friday said that the rainbow nation remained a land of unparalleled beauty and rich cultural heritage.

Ramothea said these exceptional accolades, voted for by 27,000 passionate readers, were a testament to South Africa’s undeniable allure and the enduring impact it had on travellers.

She said South Africa’s victory underscored its unparalleled natural landscapes, rich biodiversity and vibrant cultural experiences.

The Telegraph Travel Award is a distinguished platform within the travel industry which recognises destinations that captivate the imagination and leave an indelible mark on visitors.

“We are thrilled and immensely proud that South Africa has been recognised as the ‘Best Country’ at the 2023 Telegraph Travel Awards, and our vibrant city of Cape Town has been crowned the ‘Best City in the World.’

“These accolades are a testament to the remarkable experiences our country offers and the unwavering dedication of our tourism industry.

“South Africa’s diverse landscapes, rich wildlife, and warm hospitality continue to captivate the hearts of travellers from around the globe.

“We extend our deepest gratitude to the 27,000 Telegraph readers who voted for us and invite everyone to come and experience the magic of South Africa firsthand,” she said.

Ramothea noted that Cape Town, often hailed as the “Mother City,” has long been celebrated for its picturesque beauty, world-famous landmarks, and warm hospitality.

She said the city’s win as the “Best City in the World” is a resounding affirmation of its status as a global tourism gem.

“From the majestic Table Mountain and stunning beaches to the captivating Cape Winelands and vibrant neighbourhoods, Cape Town offers an abundance of experiences that appeal to the senses and nourish the soul.

“In 2022, South Africa welcomed 303,848 arrivals from the UK and Ireland.

“January to May 2023 arrivals from the UK now stand at 164,232 which is a 50.2 per cent increase when compared to January to May 2022 arrivals of 109,372,” she said. (NAN) 

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