All posts by Christina

For PAX News West: Bahamas highlights new hotels, niche branding strategy

Representatives from the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism met with travel media in Vancouver yesterday to showcase the many new developments in the archipelago nation.

Grand Bahama and Nassau are “the most popular and populous islands,” said Paul A. Strachan, director, Canada for the Bahamas Tourist Office, but the ministry is working to create more awareness of the Out Islands. That means a new niche marketing strategy, with various islands specializing in deep-sea diving, bird watching or fly fishing, for example…

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For PAX News West: Air New Zealand brings Australia to Vancouver

Vancouverites surfed Australia’s Gold Coast and watched the sun set over Sydney Harbour this weekend, all without getting on a plane. These were two of the 17 immersive experiences at Virtual Australia by Air New Zealand, a first-of-its-kind pop-up virtual reality exhibit presented as part of a three-year partnership between the airline and Tourism Australia…

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For Flight Network: Kauai’s Napali Coast – Get Up Close by Sea, Sky or Sole

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There may be no image of Hawaii’s Garden Isle more iconic than the 27-kilometre stretch of rippling green cliffs along the island’s north shore. Kauai’s Napali Coast is a staple of postcards, travel guides and Instagram feeds everywhere. No visit to the island is complete without at least one look, but you’ll need to think beyond your rental car.

“There’s no road to get there,” said Peggy Sowl of Outfitters Kauai “You can’t see it unless you go out and do something fun.”

Here, we explore three ways to experience this very special place…

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For REW.ca: Five Great Things about Living in… Harrison Hot Springs

Just a 90-minute drive from Vancouver lies a resort town complete with a massive lake, scenic mountains, a provincial park and hot springs to boot. With less than 1,500 full-time residents, Harrison offers small-town living – and small-town real estate prices – with easy access to all the amenities of the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland. Here are five reasons this lakeside village is a great place to call home…

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For REW.ca/The Vancouver Courier: Five Great Things About Living in… Cambie

Stretching north-south between 16th and 1st Avenues and east-west between Granville and Ontario streets, the MLS-defined Cambie neighbourhood represents a huge chunk of central Vancouver real estate. From bustling Cambie Street to the sprawling Queen Elizabeth Park, this neighbourhood combines the benefits of well-connected city life with the joys of nature and some of the city’s best recreational facilities.

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This article also appeared in The Vancouver Courier

For PAX News West: Delta toasts Vancouver International Wine Festival

Vancouver wine lovers and industry insiders gathered this weekend for the annual Vancouver International Wine Festival, this year showcasing the wines of Italy.

On Saturday night (Feb. 27), festival sponsor Delta Air Lines hosted travel industry VIPs at the intimate Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge for a guided tasting with Delta’s Master Sommelier, Andrea Robinson…

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For PAX News West: France brings a night of joie de vivre to Vancouver

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“Canadians have always been great friends of France,” said Armelle Tardy-Joubert, director for Canada, Atout France, at the annual Destination France trade show in Vancouver last week. “This year, we would like to tell you how much we have appreciated your solidarity.”

Tardy-Joubert was referring to the messages of support France has received from the Canadian public and travel professionals in the months since the terrorist attacks that shook Paris on November 13…

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For Flight Network: A Tapas Tour of Madrid: Five Must-Visit Tapas Bars in Spain’s Capital City

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Looking for a great tapas bar in Madrid? Don’t follow the signs. “Tapas bars almost never have signs saying they’re tapas bars,” Context Travel guide Helena Vaello told me as we explored tapas culture in Spain’s capital city. Those that do are likely tourist traps. If you want the real thing, just look for a bustling spot with people standing at the bar – and keep an eye out for plenty of crumpled napkins on the floor, a sure sign of many tapas enjoyed before you arrived…

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