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Tourism & Culture

May 18, 2017
This private island is a playground for the rich–and Hawaii's best-kept secret
Amanda Ross

There’s perhaps no bigger status buy than the private island. Thanks to Justin Trudeau’s Christmas vacation, we now all know about the Aga Khan’s Bahamian getaway, and Richard Branson has long used his Necker Island as an advertisement for the...

Feb 6, 2017
His Life's a Journey: Lunch with Holidays for Humanity CEO Aaron Smith
Lucy Hyslop

Aaron Smith shakes his head as he recalls downing 250 millilitres of industrial-grade hot sauce. “What you do for sea turtles,” the CEO of Holidays for Humanity says of the dare that raised nearly a $1,000 and enabled a Costa...

Jan 19, 2017
Timeline: The B.C. film industry shoots to the forefront
Jenny Peng

In January 2015, when Postmedia closed its Kennedy Heights printing plant in Surrey, which produced the Vancouver Sun and The Province, the cost-cutting measure was a blatant sign of the troubles facing the newspaper industry. Enter Skydance Media, the producer...

Jan 16, 2017
Whistler's new owners
Andrew Findlay

In early August when news broke that Whistler Blackcomb, ranked North America’s number one resort by U.S.-based Ski Magazine, had been sold to Vail Resorts Inc. for $1.4 billion, there were mixed reactions—from concern over what merging two blockbuster brands...

Dec 5, 2016
Tidal Shift: Vancouver Aquarium goes global
Marcie Good

How John Nightingale transformed the Vancouver Aquarium from one that does conservation into “a global conservation organization that has an aquarium." While it faces mounting criticism at home for keeping and displaying cetaceans following the unexplained deaths of two beluga whales in November, the aquarium has found an eager global market for its expertise

Nov 7, 2016
Is the possibility of a Trump presidency sending Americans north?
Melissa Edwards

167% That’s the average weekly increase in Google searches for “move to Canada” since last February, when Donald Trump became the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination. Similar (if shorter) spikes were seen after every U.S. election since 2004, but...

Aug 29, 2016
Numerology: Sustaining our fisheries
Melissa Edwards

70%That’s the share of products carried by Richmond’s Albion Fisheries that are certified sustainable–up from 26 per cent in 2010. Albion was the first major supplier to sign up to the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise sustainability assessment program, which has grown from 16 partners when it launched 11 years ago...

Aug 11, 2016
The Vancouver Art Gallery courts Chinese donors
Jacob Parry

When Amelia Gao set out to plan a splashy $8,000-a-table fundraiser for the gallery’s Institute of Asian Art, launched in the fall of 2014, she wasn’t sure there would be much interest among her target audience of new Canadians of Chinese descent. “We weren’t very confident that people would be interested...

Jun 23, 2016
Tourists visit B.C. in record numbers
Felicity Stone

In the first part of 2016, international overnight visitors and total U.S. visitors each topped the one-million mark, according to the latest statistics from Destination B.C. Overnight international visitors totalled 1,172,637, an 18.2 per cent increase over the same period in 2015. U.S. visitors were a combination of 789,622 who...

Jun 15, 2016
Vancouver to get a tourism boost in 2016: Conference Board
Jacob Parry

Vancouver’s tourism sector is poised for a strong summer, and may have the Trump Tower to thank. According to a report released Wednesday by the Conference Board of Canada, overnight visits are poised to grow by 4.1 per cent in 2016, thanks to the strength of both the domestic and...

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