Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Visit West Hollywood showcases California living in Vancouver

Representatives from Visit West Hollywood are in Vancouver this week to highlight the best of the 4.9 square kilometre city which Communications Manager Chris Arboleda calls “geographically and culturally the centre of L.A.” PAXnewsWest.com sat down with Arboleda to learn more about this “hip, trendy and diverse” neighbourhood with “an authentic Hollywood feel.”

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Article for Examiner.com: Three simple tricks anyone can use to take share-worthy travel photos

David Smith of Interface Images is a Vancouver-based freelance photographer who also teaches the art of digital photography on some of the world’s top cruise lines. Recently, he spoke at the BC Association of Travel Writers annual symposium about how to take better pictures while travelling. The key? Take pictures of people. Sure, landscape and architecture shots are great, but it’s pictures of people that will make your travel photography unique (and share-worthy) and help you build and capture lasting memories. “Explore what your camera means to you as you interact with cultures around the world,” he said. Here are his top three tips for getting great shots of local people as you travel around the world…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Greater Portland highlights active travel, food and beverage tourism

travel_portland_mainRepresentatives from Greater Portland sat down for a conversation with PAXnewsWest.com yesterday about what’s new in the Rose City and the surrounding areas of Washington County and Mt. Hood Territory. They showcased Greater Portland as a choice destination for travellers looking for a healthy, active experience supplemented with plenty of great food, craft beer and local wine – in the city and the surrounding countryside. “We like to live well, eat well and be active,” said Alacia Lauer of Travel Portland. “You have to get outside of the city to see what makes Portland Portland…”

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Article for REW.ca: Five Great things About Living in … Kerrisdale

Kerrisdale is a historic area of Vancouver dating back to the 1860s. It retains much of its heritage charm, with a very active business improvement association working to maintain the main shopping village area as a slice of living Vancouver history.

With 50 structures listed in the Vancouver Heritage inventory and plenty of grand, estate-style homes, Kerrisdale is a tony neighbourhood with strong ties to its British colonial past…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Vancouver International Tequila Expo highlights Mexico’s best

UntitledAfter a morning deluge, the clouds broke in time for a sunny afternoon tequila tasting event at Joe Fortes in Vancouver yesterday. The event was a preview of the fourth annual Vancouver International Tequila Expo coming up Saturday, May 30 at the Hyatt Regency.

The Mexico Tourism Board, a sponsor, was represented at the event by Rodrigo Acosta Gomez, the board’s director for Western Canada. He told PAXnewsWest.com the tourism board chose to sponsor the event because tequila is an important part of the Mexican cultural and gastronomic traditions, which – along with adventure, sun and sand – are key aspects of Mexico’s tourism marketing campaign…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Louisiana tourism delegation brings the Cajun spirit to Vancouver

UntitledTourism representatives from Louisiana are wrapping up their visit to Vancouver today with training sessions for sales and reservation staff at several major travel companies after hosting more than 100 travel agents and media at a series of events in the city over the last 36 hours.

PAXnewsWest.com attended the tourism delegation’s lunch yesterday at Brix restaurant, where five delegation members shared the latest information about tourism to the Bayou State…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Utah Tourism delegation launches sales mission in Vancouver

The Utah Office of Tourism kicked off a Western Canada sales tour last night in Vancouver with a dinner presentation for travel advisors at Steamworks Brew Pub. The delegation includes representatives of four main tourism regions: Bryce Canyon, Southern Utah/Kane County, Cache Valley and Cedar City/Brian Head.

Darcie Guarderas of Canuckiwi (representing the Utah Office of Tourism in Canada) started the evening by telling guests about her first visit to Utah – a seven-day trip that included two days of skiing and visits to all five of the state’s “Mighty 5” national parks…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Air New Zealand marks 75 years

file_17158224452_mLast night, Air New Zealand hosted an intimate dinner for a group of travel partners and esteemed guests in a private room at Vancouver’s Hawksworth restaurant as an early celebration of the airline’s 75th anniversary. The company’s inaugural flight was from Sydney to Auckland on April 30, 1940.

Chris Allison, Air New Zealand’s manager – sales and market development, Canada, told the group that the last six to 12 months have been the most successful in the airline’s history…

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Article for REW.ca: Five Great Things About Living In … Downtown East Vancouver

Downtown East Vancouver is a neighbourhood of contrasts. It’s a historic neighbourhood in which heritage buildings house hip new cocktail bars, and where hot young chefs are taking advantage of lower rents to open up innovative restaurants. The MLS-defined boundaries of Main and Carrall to the east and west and the waterfront and Pacific Boulevard to the north and south create a slice of town that incorporates the eastern parts Chinatown and Gastown along with a small corner of Railtown – all neighbourhoods that are changing fast. This area has plenty of challenges, including crippling urban poverty in the Downtown Eastside, and it’s not for everyone. But those who live here love their neighbourhood…