Time magazine listed Franschhoek in the Western Cape as one of The best places in the world in 2022.
The ranking includes 50 destinations around the world that Time correspondents and contributors have selected to be explored because they offer new and exciting experiences. Franschhoek ranked first for its multitude of wine farms, unique landscapes, upscale dining options, and range of activities on offer.
“This is great news, which once again puts a Western Cape destination on the world map, just as we look to increase our visitor numbers well beyond their 2019 levels,” said Western Cape Provincial Finance and Economic Opportunity Minister Mireille. Wenger.
Stellenbosch Municipality Mayor Gesie van Deventer said Franschhoek stands out for its majestic mountains surrounding the historic village and endless activities, from internationally renowned wine farms to a wide range of local businesses.
“It’s not hard to see where Franschhoek gets its flair from – from the majestic mountains surrounding the historic village to an endless array of activities, from internationally renowned wine farms to a wide range of local businesses. This gem of a city has established itself not only as one of South Africa‘s culinary capitals, but also a must-see for any local and international tourist.
“We are proud that Franschhoek has made this prestigious list and welcome all visitors to our valley with open arms. Their continued support sustains thousands of jobs.
The Western Cape has reported improving tourism figures in recent weeks after the industry was decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Passengers passing through the domestic terminal at Cape Town International Airport in May recovered 83% compared to the same month in 2019.
International travel has also picked up since the start of 2022, with the movement of passengers from airport terminals down to 74% in May 2022 from May 2019.
“We are immensely proud that our valley has been recognized (once again) as one of the ‘most beautiful places’ in the world to visit,” said Franschhoek Tourism General Manager Ruth McCourt.
“We continue to seek out and celebrate the diversity of our unique village which attracts local and international visitors. And indeed, puts the whole of South Africa on the world tourism scene.
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