7 Wonders of the World 500 BC the first list of 7 Wonders of the World was created
7 Wonders of the World Hanging Gardens of Babylon – did they even exist?
7 Wonders of the World Statue of Zeus – destroyed by earthquake
7 Wonders of the World Pharos Lighthouse- Alexandria
7 Wonders of the World Pyramids of Giza
7 Wonders of the World Why 7? Perfection and Plenty They remain top of mind today - 2500 years later - amazing
7 Wonders of the World Imagine if we can ensure that a South African icon can do the same? Every school child will learn the names of the 7 Wonders of Nature N7W becomes an automatic ‘bucket list’ South Africa will have an icon to last 2500 years!
7 Wonders of the World Who are the New 7 Wonders Foundation? New Seven Wonders of the Worldwas a project that attempted to update the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World concept with a modern list of wonders. A popularity poll was led by Canadian-Swiss Bernard Weber and organized by the Swiss-based, government-controlled, New7Wonders Foundation, with winners announced on July 7, 2007 in Lisbon, Portugal
New 7 Manmade Wonders Finalists were announced July 2007 100 million votes Largest poll on record – this is in itself a wonder N7W is expecting a BILLION votes for N7W of Nature
Economic Impact of N7W “Visits to Cristo Redentor have increased by 30% since it was voted a New 7 Wonder of the World.” JB Online, October 25, 2008 “The increase in number of visitors to the Kingdom is also borne out by Royal Jordanian: the airline registered the highest monthly total of passengers in its 44 year history” AME Info fn, The Ultimate Middle East Business Resource. Sept 5, 2007
Economic Impact of N7W “Since being named a wonder of the world, the number of visitors (to Chichen Itza) has increased 75 percent” Juan Jose Martí Pacheco, secretary of Tourist Promotion of Yucatan. For every 100 visitors to Petra in 2006, we have seen 148 visitors in 2007, and are expecting 215 in 2008 – a compound increase of more than 100% in just over a year (data extrapolated from statement by Suleiman Farajat, Director, Petra Archaeological Park). Neue Zürcher Zeitung, November 23, 2008
Table Mountain is in the final 28! Citizens of the world were asked to suggest sites that could be considered a ‘wonder of nature’ 440 locations in 220 countries were nominated An official supporters committee was formed: CTT, SANParks and TMACC 2009: Table Mountain made it through to the final 77 July 2009: panel of experts announced Table Mountain is on final shortlist of 28
Table Mountain is in the final 28! Table Mountain is part of an elite group: Ayers Rock Australia Grand Canyon USA Black Forest Germany Amazon South America Great Barrier Reef Australia Seychelles Islands Seychelles
Table Mountain- what is needed? We need your Vote! SMS ‘Table’ to 34874 www.votefortablemountain.com
7 Wonders of the World Case study: Sundarbans Largest mangrove swamps on the border of Bangladesh and India 50% of votes are domestic this has taken them to the top 14
7 Wonders of the World And where are we? Table Mountain is currently in bottom 14 98% of votes came from international votes
7 Wonders of the World What can YOU do? Give us one contact person that keeps us in the loop Mention in all media: twitter Facebook Blogs CALL TO ACTION, ACTION IS TO VOTE
TABLE MOUNTAIN This is an opportunity that will not present itself again – ever. We are either on the list for the next 2500 years, or we are off the list for the next 2500 years
7 Wonders of the World Innovative thinking required Eg 7million trees
TABLE MOUNTAIN What will you do to help us get there?