Table Mountain to Boost Tourism with New 7 Wonders Inclusion

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Published: 14/11/2011

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After a recent global poll, Table Mountain in Cape Town was named as one of the provisional New 7 Wonders of Nature. If the mountain’s inclusion to the list is made official, South Africa could gain a substantial boost in tourism as a result.

Table Mountain is one of 28 finalists in the running to make the New 7 Wonders of Nature list, an initiative from New7Wonders.com.  The poll was open until Friday 11 November 2011 and after the initial count, the provisional New 7 Wonders of Nature was announced.

Apart from Table Mountain’s physical wondrous appearance, it is also home to 1,470 floral species and an abundance of rare and endangered species. All of these factors have made it a strong contender to the likes of The Grand Canyon in the United States and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

"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," Martin van Vuuren, spokesperson for accounting firm Grant Thornton said.

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

The other six provisional wonders are Amazon, Iguaza Falls, Jeju Island, Komodo National Park and Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

According to van Vuuren, the confirmed winners will be made known early next year after the voting results have been verified and authorized by an independent party. 



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