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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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For Happy Hours in South Granville

Trendy South Granville is packed with drinking and dining establishments that have stepped up their happy hour game with impressive deals on sips and nibbles. Whether it’s the end of a tough workday or the start of a night on the town, meeting up with friends at these happy hour hotspots makes for some budget-friendly socializing in this sometimes-pricey neighbourhood…

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Article for Visit Mesa showcases foodie tourism, active travel


Visit Mesa spoke to travel media and members of the travel trade yesterday to showcase a new tourism initiative from Arizona’s third-largest city and the surrounding towns of Queen Creek and Gilbert. The Routes to Roots Fresh Foodie Trail guides visitors through the Eastern Valley Region’s orchards, farms and farmers’ markets…

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Article for NCL Fall Event Series sails into Vancouver

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) welcomed 70 agents to its 2015 Fall Event Series stop in Vancouver last night for a training session that highlighted the brand’s unique offerings and showcased the line’s newest ships.

Dana Gain, NCL’s national director, sales – Canada, started the evening off by announcing that Norwegian now has the largest sales force of any cruise line in Canada…

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For 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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