Durban makes it to No. 7 in The New York Times List of 52 Places To Go in 2015.

Congratulations to Durban, we have done it again!! We are so proud of another feather in our cap as Durban made the New York Times Top 10 List of 52 Places to go to in 2015 yesterday.
The New York Times (NYT) is an American daily newspaper, founded and continuously published in New York City since September 18, 1851, by The New York Times Company. It has won 114 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other news organization. With the last daily circulation figures on 1.8 million people daily (as of March 2013), and a massive online, mobile and social media reach the news about our beautiful city Durban, is sure to attract many more international tourists in 2015.

So Much to Do in Durban - Pic by Andrew Harvard

So Much to Do in Durban – Pic by Andrew Harvard

According to the article, it describes the places on the list as “Untrammeled oases beckon, once-avoided destinations become must-sees and familiar cities offer new reasons to visit.”
Durban has so much to offer but is often overshadowed by Cape Town, Johannesburg and the Kruger National Park. Here is the content of the article:

7. Durban, South Africa

Durban Beachfront - Kierran Allan

Durban Beachfront – Kierran Allan

A third city finds its place in the spotlight.
­No one has bad things to say about Durban, per se; they will agree that its beachfront promenade is lovely and the weather is pleasant year round. And yet Durbs, as it is affectionately called, is often scoffed at by Capetonians and Joburgers for being a touch gauche. Well, enough of that.
The city’s creative set is staking its claim on a hefty share of the country’s cool quotient. The reinvention of Rivertown kicked things off: The city enclave is now home to a popular market, beer hall and, coming soon, a raft of boutiques showcasing proudly local brands (Dirty Indigo T-shirts; Spine men’s wear).
The beloved but dated Durban beachfront is also getting a serious upgrade, courtesy of new dining spots like Afro’s Chicken, California Dreaming and Surf Rider’s Cafe. Not sure where to start exploring? Order a bunny chow, the quintessential Indian-South African fast food (Durban is home to one of the world’s largest Indian communities), and join a city walk led by Beset Durban. SARAH KHAN
Umhlanga Beach - Starbucks Photography

Umhlanga Beach – Starbucks Photography

The Top 10 List is:

1. Milan, Italy
2. Cuba
3. Philadelphia
4.Yellowstone National Park, US
5. Elqui Valley, Chile
7. Durban, South Africa
8. Bolivia
9. Faroe Islands
10. Macedonia
If you would like to explore the full list of 52 places, you can read the full list here.
Well done Durban!! It’s a great start to 2015 and another reason to celebrate our magnificent city!!

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