Cape Town, South Africa: The Official Inauguration of Table Mountain as one of the New7Wonders of Nature took place at a ceremony held at the foot of the iconic mountain earlier this morning.
Patricia de Lille, Executive Mayor of Cape Town, unveiled the specially-cast bronze plaque in front of 41 international delegates and said the title would bring significant economic and socio-economic benefits to South Africa.
“Table Mountain’s inauguration as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature is a worthy recognition of this symbol that we all own and cherish,” said De Lille. “While it defines our city, it is much greater than it. It is a natural heritage that belongs to all South Africans and, we believe, the world. I would like to thank everyone who voted for Table Mountain to win this precious accolade.”
Bernard Weber, Founder-President of New7Wonders, said the inauguration marked the culmination of an inspiring campaign of which all South Africans could be proud.
“Table Mountain is not only a spectacular backdrop for Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it also offer visitors the unique experience to actually walk on top of the mountain and enjoy the most awesome panoramic views,” said Weber.
Sabine Lehmann, Managing Director of Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and chairperson of the Table Mountain Official Supporters Committee, said the economic impact of the accolade was already being felt by the Cableway. “We have had a record November, the best in 10 years.”
In alphabetical order, the New7Wonders of Nature are: Amazon, Halong Bay, Iguazu Falls, Jeju Island, Komodo, Puerto Princesa Underground River, Table Mountain.