Category Archives: Travel writing

New article for PAXnewsWest.com: Exploring Anantara’s newest Thailand properties

UntitledAnantara Hotels and Resorts, a brand launched with one resort in Thailand in 2001, now includes 13 hotels and resorts across the country, with a collection of 35 properties stretching cross Asia, the Middle East and Africa. While the brand may not be well known to Canadians, it is part of the Minor Hotel Group, one of the largest hospitality and leisure companies in the Asia Pacific region, and a member of the Global Hotel Alliance.

PAXnewsWest.com recently had the opportunity to visit two recent additions to the Anantara portfolio in Thailand to learn what this luxury hotel brand can offer the Canadian traveller…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Transat launches largest sun brochure yet

The sun obliged yesterday, shining on guests as they arrived at the Transat Holidays 2015–2016 sun product launch in Vancouver, presented at an intimate lunch for 20 agents at Blue Water Café.

Transat’s new 2015–2016 sun brochure features 35 destinations. For the first time, all vacation destinations are offered as Transat Holidays packages, including those previously available only under the Nolitours banner…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: KVB reveals romantic side of Kauai

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“I could have lived anywhere, but I chose to live on Kauai.” It was a refrain heard over and over again on a recent PAXnewsWest.com visit to the destination.

“Kauai has a feeling, a spirit,” said Sabra Kauka, a Kauai cultural representative. “It has a way of embracing you and saying ‘Aloha.’”

Ninety-seven per cent of Kauai’s land is undeveloped, with many pristine areas accessible only by boat or foot, and some only by helicopter (a quirky piece of legislation prevents the construction of buildings that exceed the height of a mature coconut tree)…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: TTM+ 2015: Experiential travel & the essence of “Thainess”

img_2909The Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2015 wrapped up Friday after three days of connecting Thailand tourism operators and service providers with buyers and media.

The 2015 Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) campaign encourages visitors to “Discover Thainess,” a theme much discussed at the event. What exactly is “Thainess”? It’s that unique aspect of Thailand that keeps visitors returning to the country…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Thailand Travel Mart Plus – A day in Bangkok

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PAXnewsWest.com is on location in Thailand this week for the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2015.

Before attending the TTM+ opening reception last night, media guests (including PAXnewsWest.com) spent the day exploring Bangkok with Tourism Authority of Thailand representatives. First was the Pak-Klong Market, the largest wholesale and retail flower market in Bangkok, which also does a brisk business in produce. After a quick peek at the rows of stalls selling garlands, roses, herbs, and fruits and vegetables, it was off to the Amita Thai Cooking School for a lesson in Thai cuisine…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Visit West Hollywood showcases California living in Vancouver

Representatives from Visit West Hollywood are in Vancouver this week to highlight the best of the 4.9 square kilometre city which Communications Manager Chris Arboleda calls “geographically and culturally the centre of L.A.” PAXnewsWest.com sat down with Arboleda to learn more about this “hip, trendy and diverse” neighbourhood with “an authentic Hollywood feel.”

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Greater Portland highlights active travel, food and beverage tourism

travel_portland_mainRepresentatives from Greater Portland sat down for a conversation with PAXnewsWest.com yesterday about what’s new in the Rose City and the surrounding areas of Washington County and Mt. Hood Territory. They showcased Greater Portland as a choice destination for travellers looking for a healthy, active experience supplemented with plenty of great food, craft beer and local wine – in the city and the surrounding countryside. “We like to live well, eat well and be active,” said Alacia Lauer of Travel Portland. “You have to get outside of the city to see what makes Portland Portland…”

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Vancouver International Tequila Expo highlights Mexico’s best

UntitledAfter a morning deluge, the clouds broke in time for a sunny afternoon tequila tasting event at Joe Fortes in Vancouver yesterday. The event was a preview of the fourth annual Vancouver International Tequila Expo coming up Saturday, May 30 at the Hyatt Regency.

The Mexico Tourism Board, a sponsor, was represented at the event by Rodrigo Acosta Gomez, the board’s director for Western Canada. He told PAXnewsWest.com the tourism board chose to sponsor the event because tequila is an important part of the Mexican cultural and gastronomic traditions, which – along with adventure, sun and sand – are key aspects of Mexico’s tourism marketing campaign…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Louisiana tourism delegation brings the Cajun spirit to Vancouver

UntitledTourism representatives from Louisiana are wrapping up their visit to Vancouver today with training sessions for sales and reservation staff at several major travel companies after hosting more than 100 travel agents and media at a series of events in the city over the last 36 hours.

PAXnewsWest.com attended the tourism delegation’s lunch yesterday at Brix restaurant, where five delegation members shared the latest information about tourism to the Bayou State…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Utah Tourism delegation launches sales mission in Vancouver

The Utah Office of Tourism kicked off a Western Canada sales tour last night in Vancouver with a dinner presentation for travel advisors at Steamworks Brew Pub. The delegation includes representatives of four main tourism regions: Bryce Canyon, Southern Utah/Kane County, Cache Valley and Cedar City/Brian Head.

Darcie Guarderas of Canuckiwi (representing the Utah Office of Tourism in Canada) started the evening by telling guests about her first visit to Utah – a seven-day trip that included two days of skiing and visits to all five of the state’s “Mighty 5” national parks…

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