New article for PAXnewsWest.com: Agents spend a night in Europe with Transat

transat_europe_mainTransat Holidays welcomed 130 travel agents to the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel last night for its 2015 Europe Training Academy.

The big change for Transat’s Western Canadian offering this year are the new connector flights to Toronto. The weekly YVR-YYZ flight connects Vancouver passengers with Transat flights to four new destinations: Dublin, Rome, Venice, and Barcelona. It also increases the number of weekly flights available for Western Canadians flying to Paris, Glasgow, and Manchester…

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New article for PAXnewsWest.com: Air Canada marks the Year of the Ram in Vancouver

ac_chinese_new_yearOn Feb. 13, Air Canada hosted 80 travel agency partners, media guests, and staff from its various divisions for dinner at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Rocky Lo, Air Canada’s general manager of business development – Asia, who organized the event, told PAX the airline embraces the Chinese tradition of “getting the family together” once a year before the festival…

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New article for REW.ca: RED Talks Give ‘TED Talks’ Treatment to Vancouver Real Estate

In a city that loves to talk about real estate – especially how much it costs – real estate marketer Cam Good felt there was a gap in the conversation and that the perspective was focused inward rather than considering Vancouver in the broader context of a global real estate market. To fill that gap, Good, president of the Key Group of Companies, launched RED Talks (for Real Estate and Development Talks), a speaker series designed to bring an international perspective to the Vancouver real estate conversation…

New article for PAXnewsWest.com: Velas Resorts showcases Chef Xavier Peréz Stone

photo by Vancouver travel writer Christina NewberryVelas Resorts hosted a private dinner in Vancouver last week for 32 journalists and travel advisors. From the first bite of molecular-gastronomic Basque-Mexican fusion cuisine to the last, one message was clear: Velas Resorts may be all-inclusive hotels, but they do not serve your typical all-inclusive food…

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New article for REW.ca: Five Great Things About Living In … Grandview East

The MLS-defined Grandview East, also known as Grandview-Woodland, is the East Vancouver area between Clark and Nanaimo, bounded by Venables to the north and stretching to around 19th Avenue to the south. It is a lively neighbourhood full of East Vancouver flavour, known for its eclectic shopping, dining and great real estate options. With some of the city’s best Italian food, easy transport to downtown and an impressive assortment of heritage homes at lower prices than those on the West Side, it’s become a gathering place for young families looking for a first home with a built-in sense of community…

(REW.ca is the online arm of the largest real estate market newspaper in the Lower Mainland: Real Estate Weekly.)

New article for PAXnewsWest.com: Classic Vacations announces new partnerships; more support for Western Canada

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Classic Vacations welcomed hotelier and agency partners to an exclusive partner appreciation event last night at the historic Vancouver Club, where the company announced it has recently expanded its offerings through exciting new partnerships…

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New Article for Examiner.com: Step back to a glamorous time at The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn

IMG_3014Arriving at The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn is like stepping into another world. The property has no front desk – instead, an attentive innkeeper greets guests on arrival and ushers them to one of eight rooms. As the sun starts to sink, hors d’oeuvres and wine are served. In the morning, there’s a three-course breakfast by the waterfall. If it’s chilly, the grand fireplaces are lit. Truly, it feels like Clark Gable should be sipping cocktails in the great room. Indeed, back in the “two hour rule” days, when Hollywood studios insisted their stars venture no further than two hours away from Los Angeles in case an emergency project should arise, Gable was a guest of the inn…

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New Article for REW.ca: Vancouver’s University (UBC) Neighbourhood

The University of British Columbia (UBC) neighbourhood includes eight distinct neighbourhoods: seven on the UBC campus (Hampton Place, East Campus, Hawthorn Place, Chancellor Place, Wesbrook Place, North Campus and University Boulevard) plus the University Endowment Lands.

The central feature of the area is, of course, the University of British Columbia Vancouver campus, with its almost 50,000 students…

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(REW.ca is the online arm of the largest real estate market newspaper in the Lower Mainland: Real Estate Weekly.)

New article for Ageless Living Magazine: Profile of Sybil Verch

Sybil Verch is on a roll.

She was named the Business Person of the Year for 2014 by the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce for her work in the community and with financial services company Raymond James. She’s become a familiar face as the finance mentor on the reality TV show The Hard Way, with plans for a second TV show in the works. She even won the Dancing with the Stars competition at last year’s Ageless Living Expo…

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New article for Ageless Living Magazine: Interview with Brendan Brazier

Brendan Brazier is a man on a mission. Since formulating Vega’s first vegan nutritional smoothie back in 2004, Brendan has become the face of plant-based eating in Canada and around the world. Today, Vega has grown to include a full line of smoothies, bars and supplements, and Brendan has authored four books on living the plant-based lifestyle. He’s also a dedicated runner and former professional Ironman athlete who’s out to tell the world that an athlete’s training diet doesn’t have to include meat. Brendan sat down with Ageless Living to talk about how he discovered the plant-based eating strategies that helped him win the Canadian 50 km Ultra Marathon—twice—and why “balance” is a word that’s just not in his vocabulary…

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