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Tourism & Culture

Feb 7, 2019
Lunch with hotelier Mandy Farmer
Lucy Hyslop

During her two decades in the hospitality industry, Mandy Farmer has risen from working on the front desk through sales to become CEO of her family’s Accent Inn and Hotel Zed properties. Checking in to have fun daily, Farmer suggests...

Jan 31, 2019
B.C. music biz keeps hitting high notes
Juan Rivera

B.C.’s music industry is rock ’n’ rolling. Given the wealth of musicians in and from the province, it’s no surprise that the sector is a major economic driver. Music BC, which advocates for the industry’s advancement, has compiled an official year in...

Jan 1, 2019
Matrix: Vancouver restaurants make the move east
Felicity Stone

Food trucks aren’t the only Vancouver eateries on the move. A baker’s dozen of restaurant groups from A to Z are giving Toronto, and other places, a taste of what they bring to the table FLAVOUR PROFILE: Build-your-own custom-made salads and pizzas...

Dec 18, 2018
Carry On: Tips for smooth travelling, packing and gifting over the festive season
Charlene Rooke

As if crowded transportation hubs, inclement weather and family gatherings aren’t anxiety causing enough, there are less obvious holiday travel headaches. Here’s how to avoid a few of them. At an airport, whatever you pack might be inspected, even in checked bags.

Dec 5, 2018
Travel: Germany's answer to Vancouver and Whistler is worth the trip
Nathan Caddell

It’s one of those moments that screams, “How did I get here?” The methods of transportation are easy to explain: a 10-hour flight from Vancouver in one of Lufthansa’s finest aircraft (see sidebar), followed by a two-hour bus ride into...

Nov 28, 2018
Travel: How to eat on the road
Charlene Rooke

Breakfast meetings, working lunches and business dinners are more important to work travel than you think. Just ask Oxford psychology professor Charles Spence, author of Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating (like Freakonomics for the foodie set), which examines how...

Oct 25, 2018
Indigenous tourism posts record numbers in B.C.
By the Editors

A new audit shows that the province’s Indigenous tourism industry has seen “record-breaking” growth. Compiled by West Vancouver-based O’Neil Marketing & Consulting and released by Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC), the audit notes that in 2016/17, the province was home to 401 Indigenous tourism–related businesses, a 33-percent increase over 2014. Overall during that...

Oct 23, 2018
Travel: Sun destinations below the equator
Charlene Rooke

Think outside the typical sun vacation this winter to go farther south—as in the Southern Hemisphere, where you’ll find balmy summer conditions. “We have had clients who were in Sydney for business add on a trip to the Whitsundays or...

Oct 17, 2018
Castlegar Poised for Growth

Having been born and raised in Castlegar, Tammy Verigin-Burk returned to the place she calls home after studying and working in the Lower Mainland and other parts of B.C. for many years. Going back to the southern Interior city that...

Sep 20, 2018
Vancouver hotel occupancy tops other major Canadian markets: report
By the Editors

International tourists, especially from China, are bolstering Canadian hotel occupancy, according to recent research by California-headquartered Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services. Expect that to continue: a new Canadian tourism campaign aims to double the number of Chinese visitors and boost the number of international tourists 30 percent by...

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