The New York Times Accolade for Durban
The New York Times
Top 10 Global Places To Go in 2015
With a record 1.2 million visitors hosted over the festive season, South Africa's 'fun, sun, adventure' capital, Durban, has made the The New York Times' influential list of Top 10 Global Places To Go in 2015.
This accolade which is published in The New York Times' list of 52 Places To Go in 2015, sees Durban slotting in an an enviable seventh spot.
The New York Times top 10 destinations are in order: Milan, Cuba, Philadelphia, Yellowstone National Park, Elqui Valley in Chile, Singapore, Durban, Bolivia, Faroe Islands and Macedonia.
"This is very exciting. Durban Tourism has worked hard in positioning Durban as a global destination," said Phillip Sithole, head of Durban's tourism body. "We have hosted many international tourism writers and tour operators and taken part in so many international trade shows and it is now paying off."
Durban Tourism will take part in The New York Times trade show on 23 January, and to be named in the Top 10 confirmed that the city was an appealing destination.
Writer Sarah Khan said Durban was often scoffed at by Capetonians and Johannesburgers for being "a touch gauche; well, enough of that."
In 2014, the global news channel CNN named Durban one of its top under-rated cities in the world and the 'Coolest city in South Africa'. In the same year, Durban was also named a New 7 Wonder City of the World.