Category Archives: Travel writing

For the Vancouver Courier: Street art goes mainstream in Houston, Texas

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They say that everything’s bigger in Texas.

In Houston, that’s certainly true of the hats, the boots and the servings of barbecue. But the saying also applies to an unexpected public art program that’s taking over the streets of downtown. Recently, 100 international artists transformed 20,000 square feet of wall space into city-sanctioned street art for the second annual Houston Urban Experience (HUE) Mural Festival. Add that to the 25 walls painted for the inaugural festival last year, and it’s clear that there’s a Texas-sized appetite for street art in H-Town…

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For PAXnewsWest.com: Karuizawa: A year-round resort town one hour from Tokyo

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Just an hour away from Tokyo by bullet train lies a charming mountain town you’ve probably never heard of. But Karuizawa, a popular summer home location for Tokyo residents looking to escape the city heat, welcomes approximately eight million visitors per year, according to Mari Kashiwagi, secretary of the Karuizawa Tourist Association. For several summers in the 1970s, John Lennon and his family were among those visitors, regularly staying at the Mampei Hotel…

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For PAXnewsWest.com: Visit Japan Project 2016: Looking toward 40 million annual visitors by 2020

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Early Tuesday morning local time, an earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima in the northeast of Japan. The 7.4 magnitude earthquake also shook buildings in Tokyo, where PAX is on location for the Visit Japan Project 2016, but there was no danger in Japan’s capital.

Following that unexpected wake-up call, we explored the Asakusa area…

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For PAXnewsWest.com: Contiki launches 2017-18 program in Vancouver

Contiki Holidays Canada welcomed 45 agents to a launch party for the new 2017-18 itineraries last night in Vancouver. With 21 new itineraries in Europe and five in Asia, there was plenty to talk about.

“Contiki Canada didn’t want to do just a Europe launch,” Sheralyn Berry, director of sales, told PAX. “Asia and Latin America are becoming hotspots.”

The new Asia itineraries take Contiki into India for the first time in 40 years, and adds Singapore as a new destination. The company has also added 600 seats for its popular Thai Island Hopper itineraries…

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