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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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Article for Paul Gauguin quizzes Vancouver agents

Paul Gauguin Cruises welcomed Vancouver agents to a spirited event last night, with an information session followed by a hard-fought game of Family Feud to test participants’ knowledge of the company.

Vicky Lubyk, the company’s director of sales, Western Canada, began by giving agents a quick primer on Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific, where the 332-passenger m/s Paul Gauguin sails…

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Article for India highlights adventure travel for Vancouver agents

India Tourism and the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) brought their roadshow to Vancouver last week to educate agents about the many adventure tourism opportunities the country offers. Members of the travel trade had the opportunity to meet directly with six ATOAI representatives in a trade show format before a presentation that included remarks from the Consul General of India in Vancouver and India Tourism…

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For Vancouver’s best pretzels

Big, soft, doughy pretzels sprinkled with crunchy salt are one of the greatest foods to come out of Germany. But where can you find them in Vancouver? It turns out it’s surprisingly easy to satisfy your pretzel craving in this city. Whether you’re focused on authenticity, ambiance or just availability at 3:00 am, we’ve got you covered with this list…

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Article for ACV meets with Dream Makers in Vancouver

Air Canada Vacations (ACV) hosted 200 agents at its winter product launch in Vancouver last night, an event that included announcements, prizes and special appearances by Elmo and Cookie Monster.

Kristin Erz, area sales manager for ACV and Colin Skerritt, global account manager, the evening’s MCs, kicked things off by thanking agents for their support…

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For Great patios on the south side of Vancouver’s False Creek

Ah, waterfront patios – does it get any more West Coast? False Creek provides a host of options for soaking in the sun on its south shore. With great views of the city, three bridges to frame the scene and plenty of sail-bys from beautiful people on beautiful boats, an afternoon on one of these Vancouver patios is sure to come with a healthy side of photo ops…

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