It’s official: Table Mountain a new wonder of nature
04 Fri, May 2012
Table Mountain is officially one of the new seven wonders of nature after an international audit confirmed the result of a global voting process.
Hundreds of millions of votes had been cast for the 28 global finalists.
The New 7 Wonders Foundation, based in Switzerland and regulated under Swiss law, confirmed that its “provisional” status had been changed to “official”.
The City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Patricia de Lille, described the title as “a great accolade for a unique wonder of nature that belongs to all the people of Cape Town, South Africa, Africa and the world.”
Sabine Lehmann, chairperson of the Table Mountain official supporters committee, said the official confirmation would provide a significant boost to the South African tourism industry.
“Visitor numbers to Table Mountain reached record numbers after the mountain was named on the provisional list of seven sites last November, and we expect the official confirmation to further boost visitor interest locally and abroad,” said Lehmann.
The other six wonders are the Amazon forest in South America, Halong Bay in Vietnam, the Iguazu Falls in Brazil and Argentina, Jeju Island in South Korea, Komodo Island in Indonesia and the Puerto Princesa underground river in the Philippines.