Table Mountain confirmed as natural wonder

Table Mountain, one of the most recognisable mountains in the world, was declared one of nature's greatest wonders over the weekend.

The mountain, which overlooks Cape Town, was inaugurated onto the New 7 Wonders of Nature list on Sunday.

The news is expected to boost tourism.

"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 Patricia de Lille, Executive Mayor of Cape Town. "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."

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."

Bernard Weber, Founder-President of New7Wonders, added, "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."

Table Mountain is the fifth site to have its "provisional" status confirmed by the New7Wonders Foundation based in Switzerland.

Other confirmed sites include Vietnam's Halong Bay, Argentina and Brazil's shared Iguazu Falls, South Korea's Jeju Island and Puerto Princesa Underground River in the Philippines.

South America's Amazon and Indonesia's Komodo Island are yet to be officially inaugurated.

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