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Tourism & Culture

Aug 16, 2018
12 ways to weekend on the Southern Gulf Islands
Amy Watkins

While Vancouver Island and Salt Spring might get most of the attention, the third-biggest island, Galiano, and the smaller Pender are home to amazing artists, quirky accommodations and incredibly Instagrammable beaches. Take a long weekend to unwind this summer and discover some of these hidden gems. Warning! A lot of people that...

Aug 16, 2018
New-generation airport lounges and laser tag cruise ships
Charlene Rooke

Cool summer Swim against the current this summer by going north. Norwegian Bliss debuts out of Seattle as the largest cruise ship to Alaska, with a racetrack and laser tag for the kids, Jersey Boys and Margaritaville dining for grown-ups. Or catch some Yukon...

Aug 10, 2018
Explore Atlanta, the gateway to the New South
Matt O'Grady

In the past few years, Atlanta—gateway to the New South—has had a bit of a reboot in the popular imagination. For the longest of times, many people’s familiarity with the city might have been limited to connecting through its sprawling...

Aug 3, 2018
How B.C. manages the complications of combining tourism and the environment
Nathan Caddell

Anyone who’s ever visited B.C. can figure out the province’s main selling point in about five minutes. It’s all over posters and press conferences—heck, it’s on our licence plates: Beautiful British Columbia.But as the tourism industry gets larger by the...

Aug 2, 2018
Two advertising pros weigh in on B.C.’s latest efforts to sell itself to the world
Nick Rockel

When the province’s tourism marketer unveiled a revamp of its long-running promotional campaignin 2014, the latest incarnation of the storied Super, Natural British Columbia brand faced high expectations. “It wasn’t so much a reinvention as a reinvigoration,” says Marsha Walden...

Aug 1, 2018
B.C. hotel industry's biggest beef is short-term rental operations
Felicity Stone

Travellers love short-term lodging like Airbnb—the U.S.-based company has more than 18,000 hosts in B.C. alone. Members of the hotel industry? Not so much. Ingrid Jarrett, GM and VP business development of the Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos, explains why. What started...

Jul 31, 2018
Tourism businesses run by B.C.’s First Nations have grown into a $700-million industry—with some bumps along the road
Nathan Caddell

It’s been just over 20 years since official efforts to ignite Indigenous tourism in B.C. started in earnest. In 1997, Indigenous Tourism BC (ItBC)—called the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia until this year—started out as a non-profit tasked with...

Jul 30, 2018
As B.C.’s economy booms, hospitality staff are in short supply
Felicity Stone

If you’re greeted by a concierge with an Irish lilt when checking into a B.C. hotel, it may be thanks to Christine Willow. Last spring, Willow, partner at Chemistry Consulting Group and GT Hiring Solutions in Victoria, visited Irish colleges on behalf of BC Hotel...

Jul 27, 2018
The BCBusiness 2018 Tourism Status Report
Nick Rockel

Our snapshot of the province’s tourism industry asks how it’s doing in five areas: accommodation, Indigenous options, labour supply, branding and environmental stewardship. So far, so good, but challenges lie ahead

Jun 20, 2018
Travel: In our new Carry On column, John Fluevog shares his tips for a better trip
Charlene Rooke

FLYING BY THE knows which aircraft seats don’t recline and which ones intersect head or galley traffic, but it doesn’t have this red-eye tip: right-side sleepers should book window seats on the plane’s right (left-side sleepers, the reverse) for...

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