For PAX News: Touring Juan Vela’s Grand Velas Riviera Maya resort

IMG_8641“We don’t think of ourselves as hoteliers,” said Juan Vela, vice-president of Velas Resorts, over breakfast at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya. “We think of ourselves as providers of experiences.”

Vela and his brother, Eduardo Vela Ruiz, were property developers who never planned to be in the hotel business. The first Velas resort – the Velas Vallarta, opened in 1989 – was meant to be condos…

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For PAX News: Exploring the Riviera Maya with Grand Velas

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“If you practice diving, this is the place to do it,” said Ana Mari Irabien, public relations representative for the Grand Velas Riviera Maya resort, referring to the high number of tourists who enjoy diving deep into the Riviera Maya’s many cenotes and underground rivers.

The Riviera Maya, stretching 120 kilometres along the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, from just south of Puerto Morelos to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, is Mexico’s newest tourism area…

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Articles for S-Magazine: Fairmont cocktails, Audain Art Museum, Aspen’s lift ticket art, Coldscreen, Iceland

smagI contributed five articles to the Winter 2016 issue of S-Magazine, in addition to copy editing the issue as part of my work with Fresh Air Publishing:

  • Old-Fashioned Success (Fairmont’s “Classics. Perfected.” cocktails program)
  • Whistler Gets B.C.’s Biggest Art Museum
  • Wearable Art at Aspen
  • Fewer Layers, More Warmth? (
  • Après All Day: Iceland’s Geothermal Pools

Read the stories in the digital version of the magazine at snowsportsculture.com or pick the issue up at a newsstand.

Article for REW.ca: Five Great Things About Living in … the West End

With leafy streets, a diverse and friendly population, easy access to the seawall and Stanley Park, and plenty of great restaurants and bars, the West End offers many charms. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that it was recently named the best neighbourhood in Canada in the 2015 Great Places in Canada contest. Here are just five of the things both the contest jurors and neighbourhood residents love about Vancouver’s own village by the sea…

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Article for Examiner.com: Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel welcomes guests around the clock

As a hub for travellers throughout Southeast Asia, Bangkok sees its fair share of those just passing through. That means plenty of airport arrivals and departures that fall well outside standard hotel check-in and check-out times. It’s a problem easily solved by the innovative “24 Hours Flexi” program at the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel. It’s a simple idea: check in at any hour of the day or night, and the room is yours for a full 24 hours. With so many guests coming and going at odd hours, the hotel is never left in the lurch between departures and arrivals, and guests can make the most of a stopover at the tenth-busiest airport in the world…

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For Yellow Pages Smart Lists: Dockside date-night ideas along False Creek

The mini-ferries that dart along False Creek provide the ideal opportunity to embrace coastal life. There’s nothing more charming than bobbing along to your destination with a seal’s-eye view of the city. With the romance factor upped the moment you step aboard, the little boats are a prime way to kick off date night. Hop aboard and head to one of these dockside spots for an arrival that beats rock star parking any day…

Read the rest of my dockside date-night ideas along False Creek at yp.ca.

Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Austria shares ‘a few of its favourite things’ in YVR

The Consulate General of Austria – Commercial Section hosted Vancouver travel agents for lunch on Thursday at the first ever Discover Austria tourism showcase for travel professionals on the West Coast. With representatives on hand from Austrian Airlines, Eurofun Touristik hiking and biking tours, Salzburg Tourism and the Vienna Tourism Board, it was an information-packed afternoon…

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