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Tourism & Culture

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...

Jun 14, 2016
No change to trophy hunting of B.C. grizzlies, says B.C. government
Felicity Stone

Wildlife activists are disappointed that B.C.’s latest hunting and trapping regulations did not eliminate trophy hunting of grizzly bears in the Peace region but grateful the number of permits has not increased. “Your letters made the difference between life and death for grizzlies in the Peace Region,” reads an announcement...

Jun 10, 2016
Portland's unlikely rise as a postmodern manufacturing hub
Matt O'Grady

It’s 2 p.m. on a typically wet winter afternoon, and the 14,000-square-foot hub of Portland’s maker movement is buzzing, quite literally, with activity. The sound of saws, grinders and welders echoes through ADX Portland’s facility on the Central Eastside as dozens of small businesses owners, artists and hobbyists beaver away...

Jun 3, 2016
The battle between artists and fraudsters in today's digital age
Marcie Good

In January 2012, artist James Nizam set up a wall in his Vancouver studio and started drilling constellations of holes within a circle. He made larger ones in the centre and dispersed smaller ones toward the edges. When he backlit the wall and photographed it in the darkness, there appeared...

Jun 3, 2016
B.C. tourism industry is cruising ahead
Marcie Good

As 1,350 travel agents and representatives from cruise lines around the world gather this week at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the message is clear skies ahead. A total of 23.2 million passengers around the world took ocean cruises in 2015, a four per cent increase over 2014. Those numbers were shared...

Jun 3, 2016
Old ferries find a second life in the South Pacific
Jacob Parry

Despite moving halfway around the world, the former Queen of Chilliwack is the same old boat, for the most part. Her hull has been painted black—better suited to the warm, corrosive waters of the South Pacific. The cafeteria has swapped the clam chowder for chicken curry. And a 30-foot-long awning...

May 20, 2016
Growing international interest in Canadian art fuels sales records for Heffel
Marcie Good

Heffel Fine Art Auction House's 2015 fall auction in Toronto was the highest-grossing art auction ever held in the country, raking in $23.4 million in revenues. That was thanks to a growing international interest in Canadian art, says president David Heffel, and he has high expectations for next week's annual...

Apr 6, 2016
Whistler plans roller coaster, water park in new development plan
Felicity Stone

Whistler Blackcomb has plans to increase its non-skiing attractions as part of a $345-million development plan with a focus on year-round activities to be built out in three phases, starting with $90-100 million for new features that include an indoor water park, roller coaster and two new high-speed lifts. While the...

Apr 4, 2016
A sneak peek into Expedia's new nautical-themed Vancouver office
Felicity Stone

At Expedia’s new office in Vancouver, employees are encouraged to write on the walls. “If it’s shiny, you can write on it,” says Matthew Eichhorst, president of Expedia CruiseShipCenters. “We try to really think about the tools that everybody needs in the organization.” All employees have desks that can be...

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