Category Archives: Travel writing

For PAX News: ITB closes with positive outlook for 2018 travel trends

thumb_35663_1200_1_0_0_autoITB Berlin wrapped up Sunday after five days of trade and consumer interactions with more than 10,000 exhibitors from 186 countries and regions spread across the 26 halls of the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.

The show was booked to capacity, with a five per cent increase in business volume over 2017. Approximately 110,000 trade visitors and 60,000 consumers visited the trade show…

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For PAX News: “Tourism thrives on openness to the world”: Merkel opens ITB Berlin


ITB Berlin, the world’s largest travel trade show, kicked off last night (March 6) in Berlin with an opening ceremony featuring speeches from German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Secretary of the UN World Tourism Organization, Zurab Pololikashvili, among other dignitaries.

With more than 1.3 billion international tourism trips in 2017 – a record number, and 90 million more than in 2016 – sustainability and the power of tourism to contribute to international understanding were key themes throughout the evening’s remarks.

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For the Vancouver Courier: No limes, please: Slow sipping with a tequila sommelier

“What is the best tequila?”

It’s a common question for visitors to Mexico. But even after 15 years of studying Mexico’s national spirit, it’s one Audrey Formisano can’t answer.

“I can tell you which one I like,” says Formisano, the tequila sommelier (or “tequilaier”) at Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. “But you have to try a lot to find out which one you like best.”

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For S-Media: You Ski, They Play: A Golden, B.C., Itinerary for the Non-Skiers You Can’t Help But Love


When you think of Golden, B.C., your mind probably skips straight to flying through powder on the 1,260 metres of vertical drop at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. But if your partner or the kids aren’t quite as into skiing as you are (hey, nobody’s perfect), there’s plenty more action to keep them entertained in this charming mountain town.

Here’s a full-day itinerary to keep your family going full-tilt while you take on Kicking Horse’s 2,800 skiable acres. After all, keeping the family happy gives you a better chance of sneaking in an extra day to take on just a few more runs.

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For Roads & Kingdoms: There Are No Polite Canadians When it Comes to Grape-Stomping Glory

As the grapes squish between my toes, I feel two things: slightly cold and very sticky. But mostly, I’m worried about the clock.

This is not exactly old-school winemaking, in which stompers tread slowly and carefully to avoid crushing the seeds, which can ruin the taste of the finished wine. It’s more like an episode of I Love Lucy.

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For BCLiving: 5 Must-visit Oliver Osoyoos Wineries for Foodies

163176_maxBest known as a wine destination in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley, Oliver has plenty to offer foodies too. Local vineyards are getting creative with their cuisine, showcasing the abundance of the area’s farms and fields in addition to award-winning grapes. From a quick lunch break to world-class dining, these wineries combine acclaimed wines with uncommonly delicious food, each in a vineyard setting that provides a feast for the eyes…

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For YP Dine: Sweet spots for a slice: Vancouver’s best pie shops

Move over fancy cupcakes and designer doughnuts – pies are making a comeback. A new generation of young bakers are shaking things up with fun shops and innovative flavours that will satisfy the most modern palate, and classic pie shops continue to deliver the quality that has kept them in business for decades. No matter what kind of pie you’re craving, here’s where to find the perfect slice.

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