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Table Mountain cableway nominated for international tourism award

23 September 2020 - The South African

The cableway which carries visitors up and down Table Mountain each year is in line for an international award for the second year in a row. 

The iconic Table Mountain draws tourists from all corners of the globe to South African shores.

World Travel Awards nomination

Every year, the World Travel Awards acknowledge the best tourism services or products in the tourism and hospitality industries.

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (TMACC) took first spot in 2019 as Leading Tourist Attraction in Africa and the Indian Ocean. It also won in 2014.

“We are so excited that TMACC has been nominated for this prestigious award. This is a huge honour for us,” said TMACC managing director Wahida Parker.

The awards were going to take place earlier this year but, due COVID-19, were postponed. The event will now take place in Turkey in late October 2020.   

Table Mountain cableway

The cableway carries passengers a vertical distance of 704m, between the lower cableway station at 363m above sea-level and the top of Table Mountain at 1 067m above sea-level.

It has two cables, each 1 200m long. There are two cars operating on the double cable, and the circular shape ensures excellent aerodynamics and stability.

The cars can go up to 10m per second and the journey takes approximately five minutes. Each can carry 65 passengers each.

Cableway history

The original cableway broke ground in 1929 and it has seen three upgrades since then. The most recent renovation was in 1997.

A Swiss engineering firm modernised the Table Mountain system, based on the Mount Titlis rotating cableway in Switzerland.

The cars now feature a rotating circular floor so passengers enjoy 360° views while the cars ascend or descend.

Cape Town competition

Table Mountain Cableway is competing against other well-known attractions on the continent.

These include Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.

Another two of Cape Town’s tourist attractions, Robben Island and the V&A Waterfront, are also on the nomination list.

Locals, tourists and employees in the tourism sector are able to vote for the award.

Source: The South African

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