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Tourism & Culture

Sep 1, 2006
Asian Travel: Malaysian Malaise
John Lee

But as I prepare to throw myself at the door, the pilot’s clipped tones crackle overhead, announcing our descent into Kuala Lumpur. Triggering a scramble of activity from sleep-deprived passengers who’ve been in stasis too long – it’s like watching a cave full of uncoordinated grizzlies blundering out of hibernation...

Sep 1, 2006
Vancouver's Olympic Budget Challenge
Alan Forsythe

It was meant to be just another Olympic-hyping press conference, complete with photo ops of the visiting Torino Games CEO Cesare Vaciago chumming it up with VANOC CEO John Furlong. But reporters who showed up at the mid-July event expecting...

Sep 1, 2006
False Creek, Dubai
Trevor Brody

In a globalized world, goods move, capital flows, people travel, but cities stay put. Streets and buildings and seawalls are the ultimate fixed assets, each set on the map, locked into its own particular site. Or so I thought. Now...

Sep 1, 2006
B.C. Corporate Tours: Big Incentive
Peter Mitham

With its skiing in the morning and golfing in the afternoon, B.C. has lots of big incentives for corporate tour groups. But is the industry willing to ante up the marketing dollars needed to capture a piece of the growing international incentive-travel market?

Aug 1, 2006
Quebec Travel: Je me Souviens
John Lee

I’m zig-zagging between the grassy knolls on the Plains of Abraham with a heavy heart. Now a swath of tranquil parkland, this historic Quebec City locale is where hundreds lost their lives in the 1759 battle between French and British...

Aug 1, 2006
Privatized Senior Care: Old Money
Jessica Werb

With the continuing rise of the over 65 population in British Columbia and a concurrent rise in disposable income among the demographic, a new wave of privatized senior care is moving quickly across the lower mainland to complement the rise of 'old money'.

Jul 1, 2006
Environmentalism: From Dispute to Dialogue
Tony Wanless

A 2004 essay titled "The Death of Environmentalism" has shifted the rhetoric between activists, industry and government, from dispute to dialogue. Problem: Opposing views become entrenched, resulting in a decades-long stalemate Solution: Break out of your rut to redefine the terms of the debate

Jul 1, 2006
Netherlands Travel: Going Dutch
John Lee

I’m shuffling nervously before a small desk while a wiry, white-coated jeweller examines the contents of my spent champagne glass. Through the optical loupe screwed into his eye socket, he has already scrutinized dozens of fake diamonds, clasping the gems...

Sep 1, 2005
Crown Land Tenure: Trouble in the Backcountry
Andrew Findlay

Miners and loggers used to pose the greatest trouble to backcountry and wilderness travel, now with the B.C. Liberals allowing more crown land to be tenured, the enemy comes from within. Some blame the competition, others blame the government, but all agree there’s a $1-billion industry at stake.

Jul 1, 2005
B.C. Tourism: The Great Leap Forward
Paul Willcocks

With a great leap forward, In the next 10 years more than 400 million Chinese tourists will travel abroad, many for the first time. If Canada and B.C. tourism can attract even a fraction of them, we’ll double our number of overseas visitors.

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