Tourism boost after Table Mountain win

2011-11-12 07:53

Cape Town - Table Mountain was named one of the "New 7 Wonders of Nature" by a global poll on Friday.

Final results will be announced early 2012, said the New7Wonders foundation, warning however that there may yet be changes between the provisional winners and the final list.

"South Africa will gain an additional 108 000 international tourists a year due to the increased exposure of Table Mountain as a New 7 Wonder," said local accounting firm Grant Thornton spokesperson Martin Jansen van Vuuren.

"The value of this tourism increase is estimated to be approximately R1.4bn per year for the first five years following the inclusion."

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille told Die Burger the win means not only an increase in the number of tourists visiting, it will also lead to more work opportunities across the city.

  • Alva - 2011-11-12 08:13

    Good news! I love Table Mountain!

      Jack - 2011-11-12 08:25

      Thankfully it's in the hands of the DA!!

      Ray - 2011-11-12 08:46

      I voted 2240 times-it is a bit like an African election.Vietnam had a voting syndicate as about 40% of the online votes came from there and 99.99999% voted for Halong Bay.

  • pieterduplessis - 2011-11-12 08:15

    It is great news, but who are this group that decided that the world needs new 7 wonders. Even less sure how one can determine the positive impact on tourism. What it does show is how South Africans can actually rally around a common goal.

      AndyCap - 2011-11-12 13:07

      Yeah, it's not the most scientific vote out there is it? For example: How did Everest fall out and not even make the final 28 to be voted for? Most likely because the Nepalese people just don't have access to the means of voting? I saw some people claiming to have voted 30 000 times on Mxit.

      Rob - 2011-11-12 17:54

      Take a look around the net, you'll be suprised what you find

      Grant - 2011-11-13 01:36

      The fact that the result will be announced globally is bound to have a positive effect on tourism.

  • Freddy - 2011-11-12 08:18

    Now they can increase the tarif to go up again!! And how get's the money??

  • Zaheer - 2011-11-12 08:31

    "South Africa will gain an additional 108 000 international tourists a year due to the increased exposure of Table Mountain as a New 7 Wonder," Totally untrue ! Yes, maybe CAPE TOWN will get the boast but not the rest of the country & definitely not Durban. I need not spell out any more for Durbs except to say Durbs & KZN.. CATCH a WAKE UP !

      Atholl - 2011-11-12 09:22

      Durban has many wonders: .. many wonder why pop stars ignore durban . many wonder why there are so many accidents .. many wonder why there is so much grime & crime . many wonder why politicians get 'eliminated' for power .. many wonder why blue light brigades are blue light tirades . many wonder why the the city manager wanders .... many ... wonder

      Lionel - 2011-11-12 14:26

      Durban's got it's zol - a natural wonder anyway!

      tony_soprano - 2011-11-12 15:53

      Some special wonders that makes Durban the Great City it is: 1.The Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve in KwaZulu Natal is a wonderfully scenic area that offers an immense variety of South Africa’s flora and fauna.Oribi Gorge has spectacularly forest-cloaked ravines with the Mzimkulwana river just west of Port Shepstone.27 km long,4 km wide and 400 m deep and in 1950 it was proclaimed a protected state forest.At the base of the cliffs of the gorge are rocks that are over 1000 million years old,while the cliffs themselves are formed from sandstone deposited about 365 million years ago.A photographer's paradise indeed! 2.Known too as Africa's bewitching seaside playground in the sun with the warm Indian Ocean coupled with radiant golden sands and lush sub-tropical greenery. 3.Cultural wonders includes the Valley of a Thousand Hills,the long and tranquil beaches of The South and up-market ambience of the historic and culturally-rich Sugar Coast. 4.Traditional home of the proud Zulu nation with a wealth of influences to entertain and enthrall like the traditional warrior dancers,the mystic fire-walkers and its colonial heritage. 5.Two of South Africa's premier horseracing draw-cards happens in Durban. 6.For gamblers there is the slot-machines and gaming tables of the Sugar Mill casino. 7.Durbans' oldest natural attraction-the Botanic Gardens is a fine collection of botanic species in Africa. 8.Mitchell's Park. 9.Durban’s Golden Mile beach. Credit where,where credit is due!

      Maxwell - 2011-11-12 18:00

      Please dont bad name our city, be positive as you are just an individual

      Grant - 2011-11-13 01:56

      @Tony You forgot number 10 : the province where Zuma was born and raised and has his biggest mansion.

      Anthony - 2011-11-13 08:21

      No wonder? no DA

  • Anthony - 2011-11-12 08:34

    well done Cape town

  • Sam - 2011-11-12 08:35

    108 000 tourists will be worth R1.4bn per annum. Who's coming ? Bill Gates and Warren Buffet? Do the math!

      Joe - 2011-11-12 09:29

      its called the multiplier effect

      Mr.J.Crawford - 2011-11-12 15:31

      @Sam, I've done the maths. 1.4bn / 108000 means on average that each tourist will need to spend about 13 000 rand. Something that is very easy to do. For starters a ticket just to get to SA is about 8000 (most is tax that goes straight to SA). When you take hotel fees into account you're looking at several thousand more... and then there is the money you spend on car hire, food and buying items. 13 000 rand is actually rather low, I would have thought it would be higher

      Sam - 2011-11-12 17:21

      @Crawford.Nearly R14k per person is right, but if families of 4 (2 adults & 2 kids) then its R56k per family. Most of the airfares actually go to the airlines so this must be an "on the ground" figure, exl airfares. & SAA probably carries only 25% of international traffic. Say 25% of visitors from Africa, then the av. spend for Europeans and Asians even higher. Add in airfares for 4 and you easily top R1250k per European family. Not cheap in todays global economic climate. Same problem as forecasts for World Cup...all depends on the assumptions.

      Sam - 2011-11-12 17:22

      Sorry ...R125k per family

      Geoff - 2012-01-03 14:54

      You do the maths - it is only about US$ 1,600 each - small potatoes that even Bill and Warren can afford!

  • Nigel - 2011-11-12 08:43

    fantastic, I voted at 11 minutes 11 seconds past 11 on 11 11 2011

      clem.human - 2011-11-22 14:24

      when SA cricket needed 111 runs to win the first test against the Aussies

  • Tony - 2011-11-12 08:56

    good news... so now lets sort out the crime so the tourist can visit safely!

  • Taezor - 2011-11-12 08:59

    oh yeah Table Mountain!

  • ayesha.copelandcantor - 2011-11-12 09:21

    ''Final results will be announced early 2012, said the New7Wonders foundation, warning however that there may yet be changes between the provisional winners and the final list.'' So, what exactly does this mean....Provisional winner ??? Pfft

  • mlucejko - 2011-11-12 09:25

    Fantastic !! The 'old girl' deserved to win !!

  • moalusisteward - 2011-11-12 09:42

    Well done South African(A blessed country) and thanks for voting guys I mean if you did

  • Grant - 2011-11-12 09:48

    Thak heavens for Helen Zille and the DA. If the ANC was in control, Table mountain would be a squatter camp (parden me - an informal settlement).

  • Ian - 2011-11-12 10:02

    fantastic news and hope the tourists get to see the table cloth as well ;)

  • Lance Briers-Danks - 2011-11-12 10:02

    Absolutely awesome, well done to everyone who voted and played there part. Really excellent news Table Mountain defiantly deserves it spot on the World map. Pleaser just cut the crime big time and make the tourists feel sacs j

      Lance Briers-Danks - 2011-11-12 10:06

      safe and welcome. AYOBA!!

  • erno.v.dyk - 2011-11-12 10:31

    Congratulations Cape Town!

  • Stephen - 2011-11-12 10:38

    Actually de Lille, it will create 108000 new mouths to feed as the 108000 international visitors will be from neighbouring countries looking for work.

  • An observer - 2011-11-12 11:20

    Since moving to Gauteng I have been surprised at how many Gauties have never been to the sea, let alone Table Mountain. This would seem to me to be a great internal tourism opportunity. Perhaps Transnet can do a few "weekend special" trains a month for Gauties at reasonable rates, so they can also marvel at the splendour of this magnificent site. Since leaving CT, the thing I miss most (even more than the superior service delivery of the DA) is Table Mountain.

  • clinton.bowden1 - 2011-11-12 11:37

    This is great however at the risk of being a pessimist I have a question. How did they get to these specific numbers of 108,000 and R1.4BN? They seem rather too specific and if they are just estimates then this is counting one's chickens before they hatch. Lets face it we had a world cup and expected so many more tourists but it was no where near the numbers that were expected. And lets not forget, tourism is a voluntary choice, so there is no definite here other than after the fact. Again, this is great news but I think realistically, I want to hear how many chickens did hatch.

  • Chabi - 2011-11-12 11:52

    Thanx to Thabo Mbeki for his moving speech of "I am an African,..born from Valleys, Hills & Mountains..." Europeans and Other South African patriots here & everywhere have loved it so much that this movement to have Table Mountain a "World Wonder" was initiated, only these one's that we got here that can't hear english well don't know what we are talking about... nevermind them anyway... Well deserved cousin of the Plattenberg..

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  • vanhunks - 2011-11-12 22:16

    While I am happy for Cape Town, I'm sorry that Grand Canyon didn't make it!

  • Justin - 2011-11-12 22:54

    it's just a money making scheme, the Swiss company doing this 7 wonders has nothing to do with anything, no affiliations with world heritage etc, its just a private company making money out of hype. They charge the winning country millions in licensing fees and admin, the whole thing is a scam! I cant believe the politicians, media and everyone fell for it?!!! Provisional winner means if you decide to pay the hundreds of ,millions in winners fees then you can use the logo. Absolute rubbish! Sad but true>

  • eghardt - 2011-11-12 23:06

    Plenty of good news for SA this week :-)

  • bennie.barend - 2011-11-13 03:20

    I don't know about you, but damn I love my country!!!!!!!!!

  • bennie.barend - 2011-11-13 03:21

    Damn I love this country!!!!

  • comurray - 2011-11-13 09:24

    Table Mountain has only won its way into a short list, has NOT been declared an outright winner and possibly won't be either. The winner will be announced only in 2012 so the Capetonians can sweat until the final.

  • laura.baasch - 2011-11-14 12:34

    WOW - Clearly De Lille and everyone here don't have GOOGLE which is weird cause they're online and everyone online has access to right? So why is it I'm the only one who's been to the website and WONDERED why its seven times more ugly than most websites of its supposed stature or how it is that citizens get to vote for a winner versus a winner being picked according to some legitimate scoring system? Google it - its a really, really elaborate scam and if De Lille punts us paying the supposed fee to stay on the list and we pay it - the only prize we win is top seventh stupidest nation on the planet! And let's be honest guys... the Grand Canyon - now there's a natural wonder! Yellowstone WHOAH. Aurora Borealis - PHEWW. angel falls - the mind boggles. Table Mountain - yeah it fun to go visit and its super pretty but it's hardly Nature's finest piece of work.

  • Tony - 2012-01-03 18:03

    Table Mountain means what the Rock means to the people of Gibraltar .Such warmth fills me everytime I come back to CT and see our mountain covered with her blanket.Well done Table Mountain!!

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