Cape Town ranked as popular Instagram destination for scenic photos

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Instagram is booming as the social media app of choice, and travellers have perfected the art of getting their photos seen online. Hoppa, a transport comparison site, rated various locations and Cape Town made the list.

Hoppa’s research looked at social media posts added to the platform between March 2018 and March 2019 and compared the various hashtags used per location.

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Just a few years ago, Paris, London and New York dominated the lists, but that is changing, new research shows. While those three are still holding on to their positions, Dubai, Istanbul and Barcelona are catching up.

Best ‘scenery’ location

And it’s no small feat that Cape Town brushed past Phuket, San Francisco, Budapest and Lagos to the coveted sixth spot in the ‘Scenery’ category. I mean, we’re talking about these views:

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The Mother City can boast natural beauty, spectacular skylines, sandy beaches, Winelands and of course, a beautiful mountain. Sadly, Cape Town was the only South African country to make the list.

As reported by IOL, ‘scenery’ photos accounted for approximately 30% of the photos under the location tag, followed by 15% for both group photos and marketing photos.

Santiago in Chile beat Cape Town in the first spot, followed by Buenos Aires in Argentina, Kiev in Ukraine, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Antalya in Turkey.

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‘Selfie’ destinations

We didn’t make the Top 10 Selfie dentitions, unfortunately. Only Berlin, Shangai, Seoul, Jakarta, Caracas, Osaka, London, Moscow, San Francisco and Toronto could claim that.

‘Foodie’ destinations

One of the top categories on Instagram, however, has to be food photos. If you’re a foodie, take note of the locations most commonly pinned on snapshots of delicious food.

Also read – Your Instagram addiction is going to be a bit more noticeable now

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Tokoyo reigned supreme, followed by Taipei, Doha, Istanbul, Osaka, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Aub Dhabi and Melbourne. Unfortunately, Cape Town didn’t make the list either.

Food is also enormously popular in Paris and Dubai, while Nice, Barcelona, and Moscow all proved popular for group shots. Again, sorry South Africa. Maybe next time.

Also read – Cape Town: The five most expensive streets and suburbs [pictures]

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In addition, Los Angeles, New York City, and Barcelona all have a massive percentage of marketing posts, while Jakarta has the highest percentage of selfie images.

Jakarta the rising star

In fact, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) ranked Jakarta as one of the fastest growing cities in the world. This is due to a relaxation of visa requirements, as well as the increased flights by low-cost carriers.

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