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Travel Media Association of Canada Award: Coverage of a Host Destination

I’m honoured to have received my third Travel Media Association of Canada award last week. My story on family farms on the Saanich Peninsula took second place in the Coverage of a Host Destination category.

The judges said, “The juxtaposition of personal memory with current reporting works beautifully, and the inspirational reflective prose serves that theme well. Strong sensory detail, excellent reportorial detail on numbers, size, etc. Smooth transition to brief write-ups on various farms visited.”

This was such a fun piece to write. Thank you to the judges and congratulations to all the winners!

For Are We Europe: Sounds of Solidarity

Every Easter, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion becomes the main occupation for classical musicians across the Netherlands. The monumental oratorio that immortalizes the last days of Jesus features in hundreds of concerts across the country.

But in March, it became clear there would be no Passion concerts this year, and no work for classical musicians. “I found it unsettling to suddenly be without a job, not knowing when I’ll be able to play concerts again,” said Eva Traa, a Dutch violinist based in Amsterdam…

Read the rest in Are We Europe

For Ensemble Travel: 10 Responsible Tourism Experiences in Uganda and Tanzania

East Africa is known for its incredible wildlife tourism, from trekking with mountain gorillas to sundowner safaris and photographing the Big Five. With a growing focus on responsible tourism in this unforgettable region, we look at some ways for visitors to support local communities and the environment through their travel in Uganda and Tanzania.

Kyambura Gorge Buffer Project, Kyambura Gorge, Uganda

The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust has purchased a three-kilometer buffer area along the northern part of the Kyambura Gorge to protect this region neighboring Queen Elizabeth National Park. Approximately 3,000 indigenous trees have been planted in the buffer area, and Kyambura Lodge guests can plant their own seedling in the tree nursery…

Read the rest at Ensemble Travel

Cover story for Key Notes on Travel: Animal Allies – How the travel industry can support changing attitudes towards wildlife tourism

Playing and posing with dolphins was once considered the highlight of a family vacation to Mexico or Hawaii. An elephant ride was a must in Thailand. But as the conditions captive animals live in have become more widely understood, these and other tourism products involving wild animals have become socially unacceptable, and in some cases illegal.

Last June, Canada passed legislation banning the captivity of whales and dolphins. Air Canada and Transat followed this move by committing to stop selling and promoting captive dolphin entertainment. Air Canada will implement the change by August 2020, while Transat is phasing these activities out over the next two years…

Read the rest in the latest issue of Key Notes on Travel or on the Canadian Traveller web site.

For Ensemble Travel: Fabulous Family Meals in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Photo by travel writer Christina NewberryA short ferry ride from the hustle and bustle of Cancun, you’ll find lovely Isla Mujeres. At just over four miles long and only 2,100 feet wide, this friendly little island is a perfect family destination where you’ll drive a golf cart instead of a rental car, and the kids can play on the beach while you feast on fresh-caught fish.

Whether you visit Isla Mujeres on a daytrip from Cancun or settle in for an extended holiday, these top family dining picks will give you a real taste of the island at any meal…

Read the rest at Ensemble Travel

For Vidyard: Video Thumbnail Guide – How to Inspire Clicks

You’ve put a ton of effort into planning, filming, and editing your video, and you’re confident it’s great content that viewers will love. But what if they never get a chance to see it?

Your video thumbnail is the gateway to your content. Like a movie poster, it should convey everything a potential viewer needs to know to compel them to watch.

Sure, your video platform will generate an automatic thumbnail for you. But would you go to see a movie if the poster was just a random (and possibly blurry) frame from the film?

Read the rest on the Vidyard blog