Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Trafalgar serves up a taste of Thailand 

 It was an evening of laughter and great food last night as Trafalgar launched its 2015 Asia program with a cooking class and dinner for 20 people at the family-run SalaThai restaurant in Vancouver. The evening was designed to mirror the authentic experiences Trafalgar provides to help guests connect with local people and cultures…

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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…

Article for PAXnewsWest: Governments of Canada, B.C. announce strong tourism growth for 2014

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The Canadian and British Columbian Ministers of State for Small Business and Tourism held a joint press conference in Vancouver yesterday to announce that 2014 was a strong year for tourism, with year-over-year visitor increases both nationally and provincially.

“We are here today to tell Canadians what a great year 2014 was for the tourism industry,” said Maxime Bernier, Canada’s Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism…

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Article for REW.ca: Five Great Things About Living in … Yaletown

With its unique combination of heritage brick buildings, modern boutiques and cocktail bars, cobblestone streets and sparkling waterfront, what’s not to love about this trendy enclave of downtown?

1. Walk to Work (and Everywhere Else)

Yaletown is home to many creative and high-tech enterprises, a good number of law and medical/dental offices, and plenty of shops and restaurants, meaning there are professional and service sector jobs right in the neighbourhood…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Air France toasts inaugural YVR flight

img_1953Last night, Air France continued the celebration of its inaugural flight from Paris to Vancouver by welcoming more than 200 guests – including a number of dignitaries and VIPs ­– to a cocktail party at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Jean-Noël Rault, Vice-President and General Manager Canada, Air France KLM, served as the evening’s MC…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Adventure Canada brings the heart of the Arctic to Vancouver

cedar_and_tojo_adventure_canadaAdventure Canada welcomed a group of past guests, local art gallery owners and others involved in the Inuit art scene to Vancouver’s famed Tojo’s Restaurant this past weekend for an information session about the company’s Heart of the Arctic voyage…

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New article for Examiner.com: Iberostar Playa Mita – A resort experience near bohemian Sayulita

CHRISTINA_TAB - WIN_20141108_111249Located about a 40-minute drive from the Puerto Vallarta airport, the Iberostar Playa Mita offers a unique benefit: convenient access to Sayulita, a hippie-chic town where surfers mingle with local Mexican families and bohemian artists from around the world. While accommodations within Sayulita tend toward small hotels and B&Bs, the Iberostar, about a 20-minute drive away, offers an all-inclusive experience with full kids’ program…

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Recent work for REW.ca

I’ve just wrapped up a couple of weeks providing regular news coverage for REW.ca to cover a staff vacation. Here’s what I got up to:

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: 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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