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Article for Insight launches 2016-17 programs in Vancouver

Insight Vacations gathered Vancouver travel agents and their clients together at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Vancouver last night for a Travel Showcase to launch the company’s 2016-17 Europe program and new Luxury Gold program.

“The concept is to provide an opportunity for agents to expose clients to knowledge and inspiration,” Cris David, president, Insight Vacations Canada, told “It’s a wonderful opportunity to get clients inspired and show them what the Insight experience can be…”

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Article for A Taste of Tucson


Tucson offers the largest concentration of Mexican eateries in the United States crammed into an area dubbed “the country’s best 23 miles (37 km) of Mexican food.” Putting on our stretchiest pants, dove into the Tucson food scene with Visit Tucson to sample as much as we could in 24 hours. A tour is the best way for visitors to maximize the time (and calories) invested; we rode with Gray Line Tours Arizona on their Best of the Barrio tour, offering five stops in Southern Tucson…

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Article for Digging into agritourism in Mesa, AZ


Canadian travellers may think of sunny skies and top-notch golfing as the primary reasons to visit Arizona, but the state has a distinct food culture, too. That makes it a prime destination for those seeking agritourism experiences and foodie travel – as learned first hand on a recent trip with Visit Mesa and Visit Tucson…

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For Lunch specials in South Granville

Let’s face it: packing lunch is no fun – but neither is blowing your budget on pricy and underwhelming lunches out. Enter these South Granville neighbourhood favourites that’ll trim your lunch budget with specials designed to let you leave your lunchbox at home. With a wide range of cuisines offering flavours from around the world, you’ll never go for a boring sandwich again…

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Article for Travel Alberta showcases tourism draws

Representatives from Travel Alberta and some of the province’s key tourism destinations met with travel media in Vancouver yesterday to highlight their latest tourism offerings.

Banff and Lake Louise
“We’re a protected playground,” Kymberley Hill, senior manager, media – North America for Banff Lake Louise Tourism, told “Banff doesn’t change a lot, but that’s why we love it…”

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Article for Meliá showcases brand highlights, new hotels

Eight members of the Meliá Hotels International team hosted an intimate dinner for the Vancouver travel trade last Thursday in the private room at Blue Water Café.

While Canadian agents may be most familiar with the company’s southern resorts, Meliá has hotels in 40 countries across four continents, and is the top hotel company in its home country of Spain. The hotels span seven brands, each with a unique personality and target clientele…

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Article for LVCVA brings the best of Vegas to Vancouver


The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) brought a taste of the gambling capital of the world to Vancouver nightclub Twelve West last night. More than 100 agents gathered for a spirited evening of cocktails and contests for a huge collection of prizes from the long list of partners at the event. Prizes ranged from rubber chickens and whoopee cushions (the “zonks” in the “Let’s Make a Deal” game) to airfare from WestJet and Air Canada and stays at some of the top hotels on the Vegas Strip…

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For Prime pre-theatre dining in Vancouver’s South Granville

Home to both the Pacific Theatre and the Arts Club’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, South Granville is a hotspot for Vancouver theatre buffs. Since there’s no evening more classic than dinner and a show, here are the prime places for a standing-ovation-worthy meal you can squeeze in before curtain time. If you’re headed to the Stanley, you’ll get a 15 percent discount at Siena, Ouisi, Jitlada Thai, Luke’s and the Marquis…

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