Empathy Suite's media lounge.
Empathy Suite's media lounge.
Image: THR

4 200 000 

The number of people who attended a concert by Rod Stewart in Rio de Janeiro on New Year’s Eve 1994, making it the largest concert of all time. However, these numbers may have been amplified by those in attendance purely for the fireworks display. 

1 195 

The number of southern right whales spotted at De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape from May-November 2018 — the most recorded thus far. 


The percentage by which air travel to European destinations has increased: from 26.6% in 2020 to 39.9% in 2021, according to ForwardKeys. 

160 000 

The size in square metres of Port Hercule, which is skirted by the Monaco race track. On a Grand Prix weekend, a berth can cost between €8 000 and €128 000, depending on location and the size of the boat. Pandemic restrictions have seen yachts limited to having 12 guests on board. 

100 000 

What a night at the Empathy Suite (the most expensive hotel room in the world) at the Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, will cost you, in dollars. A minimum of two nights is required. The two-storey suite was designed by Damien Hirst and features several of his (in)famous artworks. 

436 559 

The number of British tourists who visited South Africa in 2019, making the United Kingdom the biggest non- African source of tourists to the country. 

11 700 000 

The number of people who descended on Durban’s famed Promenade over Christmas and New Year in pre-pandemic times. 


The number of catwalk shows in Milan’s S/S22 fashion week that had a physical audience. A total of 65 shows were held. 

At Milan Fashion week.
At Milan Fashion week.
Image: Getty Images


The percentage of global warming for which the aviation industry is responsible. Only 3% of the global population takes regular flights. 


The tons of glitter used to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the debauched, and equally iconic, Studio 54 nightclub in New York in 1978. Owner Ian Schrager said it was like “standing on stardust”. 

 From the November edition of Wanted, 2021.

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