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Why German tourists love the B.C. wilderness
Why German tourists love the B.C. wilderness
Standing outside the airport near Bella Coola, Holly Behncke knows exactly why she wanted to visit British Columbia. "We love the mountains. We love everything to do with nature," said Benhcke, who was travelling with her husband and son from their hom...
Canadian tourism sectors a bright spot in sluggish job market
Canadian tourism sectors a bright spot in sluggish job market
Even as Canada's employment growth stalls, Michelle Kenny is on the hunt for new employees. Ms. Kenny, the general manager of a small company that organizes incentive travel to Canada for businesses around the world, is feeling the effects of a boo...
4 main reasons why travellers choose local hotels
4 main reasons why travellers choose local hotels
Travel is continuously changing, coloured by the digital evolution: Low airfares on scheduled flights and low cost airlines are paving way to affordable yet rather comfortable short and long trips and last minute or advance planned travel is simple and...
Mexicans can visit Canada visa-free starting December 1
Mexicans can visit Canada visa-free starting December 1
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau added clarity to his longstanding pledge to allow Mexicans to visit Canada without needing visas by setting a date for the new policy. Starting December 1, Mexicans can enter Canada without a visa and be allowed t...
Cow Trail Classic back on track
Cow Trail Classic back on track
One hundred and fifteen riders from around B.C. answered the (cow) bell on Saturday for the running of the 2016 Cow Trail Classic mountain bike races, organized by the Merritt Mountain Biking Association (MMBA).
B.C. national park faces opposition as debate continues over land protection
B.C. national park faces opposition as debate continues over land protection
Public support for a new national park in the South Okanagan continues to grow, but some influential organizations remain opposed to the proposal, which has been the subject of debate for several years.
Vancouver Island 3 ways
Vancouver Island 3 ways
Many destinations promise something for every type of traveller. But few places deliver the breadth of Vancouver Island. At 32,000 square kilometres — about half the size of Lake Huron — the island offers towering waterfalls and spruce tree...
Why Revelstoke's mountain coaster could be a game-changer for the city
Why Revelstoke's mountain coaster could be a game-changer for the city
To get a sense of how big the anticipation is for the Revelstoke Mountain Coaster, opening on May 21, you only need two numbers. 7,000: number of people who live in Revelstoke. 1.5 million: number of people who have viewed the Revelstoke Mountain Resor...
Aboriginal tourism in B.C. aims to balance culture and commerce
Aboriginal tourism in B.C. aims to balance culture and commerce
Chief Wally Webber stands on the ferry dock in Bella Coola and talks about the Nuxalk First Nation's ambitious new project - a hotel and restaurant that they hope will become a hub for Aboriginal tourism in B.C.'s central coast.
3 great B.C. escapes within a drive or ferry ride from Vancouver
3 great B.C. escapes within a drive or ferry ride from Vancouver
There's a reason why the area northwest of West Vancouver is called the Sunshine Coast. In its dozen seaside villages, you'll find everything from funky galleries to world-class kayaking escapes, as well as plenty of sunny weather at this time of year.
Chamber talks wine, Airbnb
Chamber talks wine, Airbnb
Chamber and business leaders from across the province were in Kelowna for B.C.'s largest business policy forum: the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting and Conference. The BC Chamber AGM is hosted in a different community every year and is he...
British Columbia takes lead in Canada growth as Alberta stumbles
British Columbia takes lead in Canada growth as Alberta stumbles
British Columbia took over as Canada's economic star Thursday, with government figures showing it grew the fastest among 10 provinces last year while Alberta's output fell to last place on lower oil prices.
Whistler offers golfers more than just tee times
Whistler offers golfers more than just tee times
After finishing my morning round at Whistler Golf Club, I temporarily lost my senses. Maybe it was the stunning mountain scenery or the thin air, but I agreed to try mountain biking in the afternoon. I dutifully yanked on the watermelon-sized helmet a...
Vancouver wants province to tax Airbnb rentals like hotels
Vancouver wants province to tax Airbnb rentals like hotels
Vancouver Councillor Geoff Meggs is calling on the provincial government to tax Airbnb and other short-term rental services as if they were hotels. Meggs will present a council motion that argues online accommodation booking platforms like Airbnb shoul...
More Victoria hotels mulled and renos surge amid tourism boom
More Victoria hotels mulled and renos surge amid tourism boom
Reid James, general manager of Victoria's Hotel Grand Pacific, is counting down the days to July 4, when he is scheduled to get 116 of his hotel's 304 rooms back in service after a massive renovation.
Hotel tax on way up
Hotel tax on way up
A higher hotel tax will allow Tourism Kelowna to promote the city more in Ontario, the Maritimes, Washington state, other parts of the U.S. and internationally. "Really, it's all about growth," said Tourism Kelowna CEO Nancy Cameron.
Victoria tourism on pace for record breaking 2016
Victoria tourism on pace for record breaking 2016
Victoria tourism officials say the latest numbers for 2016 are in, and show Canadians staying home could push this tourist season to new records, beating marks set just last year.
Busy tourism season boosts employment in capital region
Busy tourism season boosts employment in capital region
Greater Victoria's unemployment rate fell to 5.7 per cent last month as the region's tourism sector geared up for a record season.
Canadian hotel occupancy drops in second week of June
Canadian hotel occupancy drops in second week of June
According to STR, the second week of June did not bode well for the Canadian hotel industry as occupancy dropped three per cent to 73.8 per cent and RevPAR was down 2.3 per cent to $117.07. However, the average daily rate from June 5 to 11 was up 0.7 p...
Tourism activity increases
Tourism activity increases
The good news just keeps rolling in for B.C.'s tourism industry. The latest international visitor numbers from February show that tourism is up 15.3 per cent during the first two months of 2016, with 71,007 more visitors to the province over the same p...
Thank the bears, says guide for B.C. ecotourism boom
Thank the bears, says guide for B.C. ecotourism boom
He's been a tour guide for 17 years, but Tom Rivest says the enchantment of the Great Bear Rainforest never wears off. "It's a pretty special place, it's pretty magical," Rivest said. He is one of many bear viewing guides operating within the rainfores...
Tofino, B.C. in 'desperate'; need of housing for seasonal workers
Tofino, B.C. in 'desperate'; need of housing for seasonal workers
Pascale Froment left her house in Tofino last month to move with her fianc´┐Ż and baby into a trailer in an empty lot she'd purchased nearby. She didn't sell her home; instead, she opened it for staff at the surf shop and school her family has owned for ...