We have written previously that Table Mountain is in the running to become a New7Wonders of Nature destination, and that its performance is based on the number of votes that it receives. Tourism consultancy Grant Thornton has released estimates that show that Cape Town could gain R 1,4 billion if it were to become one of the seven New7Wonders of Nature, reports the Weekend Argus.
Table Mountain is one of 28 finalists, and if it were to win, it would lead to a surge in foreign tourists, creating 11000 new jobs, Grant Thornton has estimated. The problem with this estimate, whilst excellent news for tourism to Cape Town and the Western Cape, is that this consultancy created huge expectations for all South Africans with its vastly over-exaggerated estimates for foreign arrivals to the World Cup last year, leading to a massive let-down when arrivals were nowhere as high as the consultancy’s estimates!
Capetonians and their fellow South Africans are urged to vote for Table Mountain as a New7Wonders of Nature on www.votefortablemountain.com or www.new7wonders.com. Table Mountain is up against the Amazon, the Galapagos, the Dead Sea, Uluru, the Maldives, the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef, the Iguaza Falls, Mount Kilimanjaro, Vesuvius, and the Black Forest, amongst others, to be named a New7Wonders of Nature. The list of seven New7Wonders of Nature will be announced in November.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage