Charlene Rooke

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Aug 28, 2020
Carry On: How leading Canadian travel brands are welcoming guests back

Top airlines and hotels have always aspired to white-glove cleanliness, but now national and international safety and hygiene rules, plus the concerns of pandemic-fearing travellers, are elevating standards to the next level. For instance, Air Canada’s CleanCare+ program includes health...

Aug 20, 2020
Glass Half Full: B.C.'s wine industry is filled with challenges, and possibilities

On a prime lakeside stretch of tony Pritchard Drive in West Kelowna, thousands of spindly grapevines take root along with the vision of Plenty of Fish founder Markus Frind: complete with a bakery-café, a wine-tasting room and a planned boat...

Jul 14, 2020
Carry On: How to practice good (travel) hygiene

When travelling for business, you might have valuable devices, information or goods with you that could compromise your company and your privacy if stolen. We’ve collected some best practices and smart gadgets for protecting them. • Don’t post your travel...

Mar 3, 2020
Carry On: Put an end to waiting in line

Nobody likes waiting, especially in an airport check-in or security line, or at a border stop. Savvy travellers reduce their pain with a variety of tools and insider tricks like these. Credit cards Some, like American Express Aeroplan Plus cards and...

Dec 17, 2019
Carry On: Travel tips and accessories for the holiday season

The business traveller on your holiday list doesn’t need another luggage tag, thanks. What they really want (even if they don’t know it yet) are these six modern essentials. STRONG SUITCASE Away is the colourful, practical luggage brand winning over world travellers with design that’s both hardy and ingenious (think: compression straps...

Nov 29, 2019
Carry On: Hotel trends to watch for in 2020

LAYOVER ALERT: OPUS VERSANTE Opus was one of the early boutique hotels, opening in Vancouver’s Yaletown in 2002. Next year it will open a sister property, Opus Hotel Versante, at Richmond’s International Trade Centre at Versante, a new business hub close to the airport and Bridgeport station—just down the Canada Line...

Oct 25, 2019
Carry On: The value of Indigenous tourism

FIRST MOVERS “Tourism is one of the fastest-growing industries in B.C., and a key economic driver,” says Brenda Baptiste, chair of Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC). In 2017, it contributed more to provincial GDP than any other primary industry, according to Destination BC. A three-year ITBC study showed 33-percent growth in the number...

Oct 7, 2019
Carry On: How to stay refreshed on the road

Sometimes a free glass of wine in the airline lounge just doesn’t cut it: you need a nap to really recharge and relax on that long layover. Reserve a stay at Minute Suites or Sleepbox, airport-based sleep stations based on...

Jul 29, 2019
Carry On: Airport shopping raises its game

Passing through Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) a few years ago left me agog at the retail therapy I’d been missing: an outlet of cheap-chic Dutch department store HEMA, a Suitsupply custom-tailoring shop and the Gall & Gall liquor store, where I...

Jun 24, 2019
Carry On: The cost of doing (travel) business

SPARE NO EXPENSE “Buying the log-splitter” should join the business lexicon as a jump-the-shark-style buzzword for inflating expense reports, thanks to the provincial legislature fracas. Claims are a thorn in many sides: in a 2018 poll by U.S. travel and expense...

Jun 6, 2019
Carry On: Out with the greenwash

GREENER AIR Carbon offsets for air travel keep your conscience and your carbon footprint cleaner. Air Canada partners with Toronto-based Less Emissions, making it easy to tack the cost on to your flight purchase: $30-$40, for instance, for Vancouver-Toronto return. Organizations...

Apr 10, 2019
Carry On: Brand new bags and packing for business trips

PUT THE “EH” IN SUITCASE Your travels may be global, but you can pack Canadian. Mississauga-based Heys International makes some of the world’s lightest hard-shell suitcases. The funky colours and fabrics of Vancouver-designed Herschel Supply Co. luggage complement its bags and...

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