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Cape Town tops Africa's beach list

At this year’s 19th World Travel Awards the City of Cape Town hauled in eight prestigious Blue Flag Awards, and was voted Africa’s best beach destination.

The City faced off against Bazaruto in Mozambique, Diani Beach, Kenya, Plettenberg Bay, Zanzibar Island, Tanzania and previous winner, Sharm El Sheikh, in Egypt to claim the top position.

The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to 3850 beaches and marinas in 46 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean. The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information, Environmental Management, and Safety and Other Services.

South Africa is the first country outside Europe to win Blue Flag accreditation for its beaches. Cape Town presently has the most Blue Flag beaches, with a total of eight beaches awarded the full Blue Flag status.

This award comes shortly after Table Mountain officially became one of the New7Wonders of the world.

“Cape Town’s beaches are a huge tourism asset, particularly because they are so diverse. We have family beaches, tidal pools, clear water, challenging surf, endless beaches, tranquil coves – and more. Our beaches are a place for relaxation, exercise, discovery, and inspiration and so appeal to a wide range of travellers and can offer so much in a single visit.” Said Says Grant Pascoe, Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing.

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