It has been a difficult two years for the tourism sector globally, but especially for South Africa, after being repeatedly placed on travel ban lists thanks to Covid-19 infections and variants.
Finally, however, there is light at the end of a very dark tunnel, as four destinations in the Western Cape have been included in the list of the 100 most loved destinations in the world in 2021.
Stellenbosch was ranked No. 23 globally, following Knysna at No. 19, while Hermanus ranked at No. 41 and Cape Town at No. 54.
Tourism Sentiment Index (TSI), a travel data intelligence solution created by destination marketing agency Destination Think, analyzed more than 1.6 billion online conversations and articles about 21,330 global destinations to compile the list.
“I am happy to hear that Stellenbosch won the 23rdrd place on this prestigious list. Equally remarkable, the Western Cape claimed three spots in the Top 50.
“Stellenbosch continues to be regarded as a top destination for local and international visitors and is one of the best places in the world to work, visit, stay and play,” Stellenbosch Mayor Gesie van Deventerin said in a statement. a statement.
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Jeanneret Momberg, CEO of Visit Stellenbosch, added that they were delighted to be ranked in the Top 25, and that it proves what they have always known: “visitors fall in love with Stellenbosch and cannot help talk about when they can come back. !”
Western Cape Minister for Finance and Economic Opportunities, David Maynier, said having four Western Cape towns identified in the top 100 most loved places in the world was an exceptional achievement.
“The past two years will go down in history as the toughest years to date for the global tourism sector, and the ranking demonstrates that Cape Town and the Western Cape are a world-class destination and a favorite on the global list. trips. ,” he added.