Durban gets New7Wonders Cities nod


Cape Town – South Africa has received another feather in its cap for being a top international destination, as Durban was named one of the New7Wonders Cities.

The results of the global vote were announced in Dubai on Sunday night and saw the seaside city join Beirut (Lebanon), Doha (Qatar), Havana (Cuba), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), La Paz (Bolivia) and Vigan (Philippines) as the world’s latest urban hot spots.

This is South Africa’s second New7Wonders nod, as Table Mountain in Cape Town was named a New7Wonders of Nature in 2011.

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The cites campaign started shortly after the nature campaign ended in 2011 with more than 1 200 nominees from 220 different countries. Durban remained a firm favourite steadily working its way into each of the semi-final rounds, finally finishing victoriously.

Announcing the results at the New7Wonders voting centre in Dubai, Bernard Weber, Founder-President of New7Wonders, said: "I would like to thank everyone who have helped promote the New7Wonders Cities campaign... For the first time in human history, more than half of our planet's population lives in cities and this election emphasises the dramatically challenging character of our changing world."

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The results of the campaign are based on the counting of votes that have been flooding in over the past few weeks and ended at 07:00 on Sunday morning. The results will be checked, validated and independently verified after which official inauguration events will take place.

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"We congratulate each of these cities on achieving their New7Wonders status, and we look forward to celebrating their election to the ‘canon of 7’ with their citizens in 2015," said Bernard Weber, adding, "TheNew7Wonders Cites will now join the New7Wonders of Nature and the New7Wonders of the World in becoming part of Global Memory for humanity for ever."

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