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RECENT ARTICLES


VANCOUVER ISLAND RESET
Summer in Parksville and Qualicum Beach
26 JUL 2019: Sometimes the best experiences are in our own back yard. Take Vancouver Island, for example. While still a distant destination for most Canadians, it doesn’t involve passports, foreign currency, or too much of a slog to get there. It’s not on most travellers’ bucket lists, and that makes it ideal for people looking to squeeze in a last holiday summer before the kids are back in school. MORE

VISIT PORTUGAL VISITS VANCOUVER
02 MAY 2019: “We’re going from strength to strength in our tourism from Canada,” William Delgado, Director of the Portuguese National Tourist Office in Toronto, said proudly this week, as Visit Portugal kicked off its three-city Canadian spring tour in Vancouver. Before heading east for dates in Toronto and Montreal, Visit Portugal hosted a VIP event for about 50 travel advisors and members of the media at Vancouver’s Rosewood Georgia Hotel. MORE

CINE ES VIDA
International Film Festival boosts tourism to Panama
18 APR 2019: “Cine es Vida” – Film is Life - was the slogan of the 8th annual Panamá International Film Festival, which took place from April 4 – 10. And Panamá City came alive with local and global visitors drawn by the festival’s manageable size and its international scope of films, selected under the leadership of hands-on executive director Pituka Ortega Heilbron and artistic director Diana Sanchez, who is also senior director of film at TIFF.   MORE

WHAT’S COOKING IN LOUISIANA
Hands-on demo with Chef Ryan Trahan
25 MAR 2019: “Have some fun, listen to some music, eat some food – come to Louisiana!” Chef Ryan Trahan of Blue Dog Café in Lafayette, who was crowned “King of American Seafood” last year after winning the 15th Annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off, charmed the crowd of media and travel professionals gathered at Vancouver’s Pacific Institute of Culinary Art last week. MORE

THE VANCOUVER ART GALLERY LAUNCHES MAJOR WINTER SHOW
13 MAR 2019: The Vancouver Art Gallery launched its major winter season show a few days late this year, following a six-day strike by gallery workers. The show, titled French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950, on exhibit concurrently with Affinities: Canadian Artists and France, will run until May 20. MORE

SUMPTUOUS SHOW AT VANCOUVER ART GALLERY
Guo Pei. Couture Beyond
19 OCT 2018: “Guo Pei: Couture Beyond,” a dazzling exhibit of 40 complete looks by Chinese couturière Guo Pei, opened last weekend to rave reviews. On display until January 20, it’s an inspired show that beautifully wraps up the Chinese-Canada year of Tourism 2018; it’s also an homage to the 1.8 million Chinese-Canadians across the country, many of whom live in Vancouver. This is the Vancouver Art Gallery’s first foray into showing fashion as art, and it’s a knockout. MORE

BIG THINGS HAPPEN HERE
Dallas Fort Worth is on a Roll
24 AUG 2018: The 16 miles between the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and each of its namesake cities, Dallas and Fort Worth, are getting smaller as the cities grow bigger. Both cities are booming right now and have formed a tourism bond based on proximity and complementary characteristics. Together, they present a destination combo with a punchy mix of tourism experiences that ranks them among the top travel destinations in the US. MORE

SAN FRANCISCO SHOWS VANCOUVER THE LOVE
Along with plenty of new product
12 JUN 2018: The hospitality flowed along with the wine on Thursday, June 7th, when a gracious team from San Francisco threw an indoor-outdoor cocktail party for travel agents and media in the penthouse of Vancouver’s Loden Hotel. They came to show Vancouver the love. MORE

LIVE FREE IN THE GRANITE STATE
New Hampshire visits Vancouver
01 JUN 2018: On their way to the annual TMAC Conference in Victoria, BC, Victoria Cimino and Kris Neilsen of New Hampshire Tourism hosted a breakfast for a small group of media and travel professionals at Vancouver’s Fairmont Waterfront Hotel on Wednesday, May 30. MORE

TRANSFORMATIVE TRAVEL
Adventure and experience on Haida Gwaii
03 MAY 2018: Transformative travel may turn out to be 2018’s hottest travel trend. More and more travellers in the luxury, adventure and cultural tourism segments are looking for untouched and remote holiday locations far from the rest of the crowd, where they can take a few steps back from 21st century life and connect with the natural world around them. This year’s luxury is not designer décor and high thread-count sheets. It’s about finding life-changing experiences that are exclusive and deeply authentic.   MORE

A WORLD WITHIN. A STATE APART.
There is more to Nevada than you think
19 MAR 2018: Nevada Tourism recently hosted travel agents and media to breakfast and luncheon learning sessions in downtown Vancouver on its “Neon to Nature” Canadian tour. The events were orchestrated so that each attendee had an opportunity to chat one-on-one with representatives from the state’s five tourist regions and learn there is a lot more on offer in Nevada than Las Vegas. MORE

TEXAS TOURISM VISITS VANCOUVER
A lot to like
12 MAR 2018: The drawling lyrics of Gary P. Nunn’s 80s hit tune “What I Like About Texas,” brought some sunshine into a rainy Thursday in Vancouver as Rosalyn Hunter, director of Communications for Travel Texas in Canada, kicked off her presentation after lunch with regional tourism partners and journalists at the Rosewood Georgia Hotel on March 8th. MORE

EN FLEURS
France blooms in Vancouver
06 MAR 2018: The 2018 Destination France road show rolled into downtown Vancouver on, March 1, after stops in Quebec, Montreal and Toronto. The event drew travel agents and media for an evening with tour operators and regional tourism representatives at a press conference, travel workshop and cocktail gala.   MORE

MUST SEE SHOW AT VANCOUVER ART GALLERY
Takashi Murakami provides a welcome jolt of spring
06 FEB 2018: Visitors to Vancouver in the next few months will have more than the springy west coast weather to lift their spirits. There's a blockbuster art show in town, and it's a dazzler. The outside of Vancouver Art Galley, a landmark building in one of the city's busiest areas - the business/retail/hotel area around Georgia Street, aka Highway 99 to Whistler - has been transformed into an exuberant public art installation that makes it impossible to resist seeing what's happening inside. MORE

PARQ VANCOUVER OPENS TO BIG CROWDS
New urban resort and casino
04 OCT 2017: The long-awaited Parq Vancouver, a brand-new urban resort with hotels, restaurants and a casino, opened to big crowds on Friday night. After many years, a few controversies and hundreds of millions of dollars in the making, it opened its doors at 11 pm PST with a roll of the dice and a round of applause from the assembled gathering. Less than an hour later, late-night crowds poured in to take advantage of the 24/7 casino.   MORE

IRIE
Sunwing offers Jamaica direct from Vancouver
11 MAY 2017: “We had a fantastic winter,” said Graeme Franklin, director of sales for Western Canada, as he kicked off Sunwing’s annual product presentation this week. More than 200 travel agents, sponsors and guests came out to suburban Langley, BC for a trade show, a buffet, and a look at what Sunwing has to offer for the year ahead. MORE

SOUPED UP
Tourism Vancouver kicks off 15th year of Dine Out Vancouver
24 JAN 2017: Tourism Vancouver turned a comfort food classic into a collaborative culinary experiment on Jan. 20th when it partnered with 50 top Vancouver chefs, the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA), and the United Way of the Lower Mainland for the 15th anniversary launch of the 2017 Dine Out Vancouver Festival  (January 20 – February 5). MORE
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