For YP.ca: Top spots for outdoor dining in South Granville

Stroll up and down the Gallery Row section of Granville Street (aka South Granville), and you’ll only spot one obvious patio (at Luke’s Corner Kitchen and Bar). But that doesn’t mean the South Granville neighbourhood is short on spots for outdoor dining. There are plenty of patios tucked away out of sight – you just need to know where to look…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Paul Gauguin quizzes Vancouver agents

Paul Gauguin Cruises welcomed Vancouver agents to a spirited event last night, with an information session followed by a hard-fought game of Family Feud to test participants’ knowledge of the company.

Vicky Lubyk, the company’s director of sales, Western Canada, began by giving agents a quick primer on Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific, where the 332-passenger m/s Paul Gauguin sails…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: India highlights adventure travel for Vancouver agents

India Tourism and the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) brought their roadshow to Vancouver last week to educate agents about the many adventure tourism opportunities the country offers. Members of the travel trade had the opportunity to meet directly with six ATOAI representatives in a trade show format before a presentation that included remarks from the Consul General of India in Vancouver and India Tourism…

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For YP.ca: Vancouver’s best pretzels

Big, soft, doughy pretzels sprinkled with crunchy salt are one of the greatest foods to come out of Germany. But where can you find them in Vancouver? It turns out it’s surprisingly easy to satisfy your pretzel craving in this city. Whether you’re focused on authenticity, ambiance or just availability at 3:00 am, we’ve got you covered with this list…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: ACV meets with Dream Makers in Vancouver

Air Canada Vacations (ACV) hosted 200 agents at its winter product launch in Vancouver last night, an event that included announcements, prizes and special appearances by Elmo and Cookie Monster.

Kristin Erz, area sales manager for ACV and Colin Skerritt, global account manager, the evening’s MCs, kicked things off by thanking agents for their support…

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For YP.ca: Great patios on the south side of Vancouver’s False Creek

Ah, waterfront patios – does it get any more West Coast? False Creek provides a host of options for soaking in the sun on its south shore. With great views of the city, three bridges to frame the scene and plenty of sail-bys from beautiful people on beautiful boats, an afternoon on one of these Vancouver patios is sure to come with a healthy side of photo ops…

Read the rest of my list of Great patios on the south side of Vancouver’s False Creek at YP.ca

Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Destination Hotels rebrand creates stronger identity

Destination Hotels, the largest operator of independent hotels in the United States, has unveiled a rebrand that includes a new name (formerly Destination Hotels and Resorts), programs, partnerships and a more unified visual identity. PAXnewsWest.com sat down with Carrie Drost, Destination’s director of public relations, to find out what the rebranding effort means for travel professionals and their clients…

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Article for REW.ca: Five Great Things about Living in … New Westminster Quay

New Westminster Quay is a charming waterfront community along the Fraser River. With the average condo price under $400,000, a relatively young demographic and a short commute to downtown, this is a prime area for millennials and young families in Metro Vancouver who want to own a home without overcommitting financially or moving too far from the city. Here are five great reasons why the people who live there are passionate about the Quay and proud to call it home…

Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Exploring the sights and flavours of Fairmont Pacific Rim

The five-year-old Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver has thriving arts and food and beverage programs. The hotel’s growing collection of artworks is the focus of a newly released self-guided art podcast tour. In the kitchens, newly appointed executive chef Nathan Brown is showcasing local Vancouver ingredients with a focus on sustainable ingredients and cooking from scratch. PAXnewsWest.com sat down at the hotel’s ORU restaurant with Kaylyn Storey, public relations manager, to learn more about the latest developments in the hotel’s efforts to highlight the visual and culinary arts…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Boomerang & Exotik showcase new website, itineraries

Boomerang and Exotik Tours invited travel agents to the TravelBrands offices in Vancouver yesterday to announce new technology improvements that will change the way agents quote and book travel through the companies as of Sept. 7. These backend changes will enhance the functionality of the revamped website launched in May, which brought the Exotik and Boomerang product offerings together on one site…

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